The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

November 6, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012


Legislature should enact energy policy

West Virginia is a leader in energy production, but there are few policies in place for using the energy we create wisely.

Recently, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released their Energy Efficiency Scorecard, where West Virginia dropped from 46th place in 2011 to 49th place in 2012.

West Virginians deserve better. Not only should our state be a leader in energy production, but we should also be a leader in energy efficiency.

The ACEEE report, found at, highlights key strategies for states aiming to improve energy efficiency. Most of the top-ranked states have an adequately funded Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), which sets energy savings targets for utility companies.

As in the past two years, an EERS bill will be introduced to the 2013 West Virginia state Legislature. West Virginia Division of Energy recommended the state adopt an EERS in their five-year Energy Draft Plan. Passing the EERS would improve West Virginia’s ranking in the ACEEE Scorecard, would save ratepayers money, and would create local jobs that cannot be outsourced.

A similar bill in Pennsylvania saved ratepayers $8 for every $1 invested in the program. Our legislators should act and implement this policy for West Virginia.

Molly McLaughlin

Rock Creek

Who is responsible for Cuthrill Street?

Does anyone in Raleigh County know who owns Cuthrill Street coming down from Bibb Avenue?

Seems as though the county, city and state don’t own it, because we can’t get anyone to patch holes in the street. It’s been like this for three years.

It’s a shame the children have to walk over this to get to the bus on Bibb Avenue.

Seems like the only thing Beckley is concerned about is the Gateway on Prince Street or whatever it’s called.

Maybe someone from outer space owns Cuthrill Street.

It’s a shame some of us have to go through Congress to get something done.

In winter months we have to call and raise our voices to even get snow plowed on Larew Avenue or Cuthrill Street.

Maybe that’s because no one owns either of these two streets.

P.S. Maybe if one of the school kids falls and breaks a leg or something, then they might fix it.

A concerned citizen.

James Lynch


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