The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

June 11, 2013

Step out and be heard

Planning.

It seems like a relatively simple term, but when it comes right down to it, when we are talking about how it impacts the future and progress for our region and state, the importance of public input can’t — and musn’t — be overlooked.

Both Mount Hope and Beckley are currently in the process of developing comprehensive plans that will be used as the guiding tools for growth during the next decade and beyond.

Statewide, a Blue Ribbon Panel appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, has done its preliminary work on a study of the highways system and its growing needs. Over the next several weeks at various locations across the state, including Beckley, meetings will be held to garner public opinion.

Now is the time for the citizenry to step out and let your voices be heard. This is the part of the process when meaningful thought and serious consideration can be given before final plans are pieced together.

People shouldn’t wait for the end result to start the conversation.

Too many times are plans made, discussed and changed ... then afterward, the complaining begins. Subscribing to that “nobody listens anyway” mentality can’t be an excuse or reason any more.

The public needs to be informed, attend scheduled meetings, ask questions and provide their views.

That’s the way a truly comprehensive approach can be developed and worked on together for the betterment of our region and state.

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