WEST Virginia has great vocational and technical education available for students, Gary Clay of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association told a legislative work group.
"We don't have students for those programs."
Businesses report a shortage of skilled workers, so state leaders are taking a fresh look at vo-tech.
The students steered toward such classes today are not necessarily motivated to be there, said Kathy
D'Antoni, assistant state superintendent for career and technical education.
"The majority of them are put there because they don't know what else to do with them," she said.
But vocational training, if made to work better, makes plenty of sense. Unlike college, it comes without a huge student-loan debt. Also, solid technical skills means not having to wait four years to begin earning money. Plumbers earn about what a teacher makes.
Adults need to make sure students understand their options.
The valedictorian of the class of 1934 at Mark Twain High School did not go straight to college.
Instead, he became a butcher, and later a shipyard welder. This did not stop Robert C. Byrd from becoming a congressman and later, a senator.
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VIRGINIA Gov. Robert McDonnell wants to eliminate that state's 17.5 cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline and replace it with a 1 percent
increase in the sales tax on everything else.
The state would continue to tax the diesel fuel used mainly by the trucking industry.
License fees would rise by $15 a year — $100 a year for alternative-fuel vehicles.
People would still pay the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon.
Opponents say people driving through Virginia would get a free ride by filling up in Old Dominion without paying the state a tax.
But the governor's plan may also boost revenues, as people from out of state would buy coffee and other products when they fill up. That is how station owners make their money. Why not the state?
By the way, not only is Virginia's gasoline tax 13 cents a gallon cheaper than West Virginia's, its sales tax is only 5 percent.
Lower taxes are one reason why Virginia has grown over the decades as West Virginia stagnated.
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IN August 2008, the Guardian reported that
London Mayor Boris Johnson "launched a strategy, claimed as the first for a major world city,
detailing the action that needs to be taken in London to cope with global warming."
But as snow piled up along the Thames this week and temperatures hovered below freezing, Johnson was reconsidering his options.
There is more to weather than carbon dioxide