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OPINION

Just plain dung

Last week’s latest stunt by the state’s chief executive was embarrassing, plain and simple. Governor Jim Justice’s use of an actual plate of cow manure to decry politicking in the Mountain State was politicking at its worst. Consider a few things; the silver platters, table cloths, tables and chairs, and much more, all had to be set up for this publicity stunt, no doubt by paid state employees following orders from their higher ups. Secondly, Justice assembled a group of dignitaries and officials for the set piece before the cameras. This took all those people away from their jobs for nothing more than a spectacle. So much for cost cutting.

What did this achieve? Headlines on the evening local news were assured. A front page photo of the governor and the dung was guaranteed in the daily papers. The story even got some national momentum. But what did it add to our state revenue? How did it solve our budget crisis? In what way did it bring legislators and the executive closer together. It didn’t.

We’re confident there will be a budget agreement over the coming days or weeks. But these comedy routines and sideshows have no place in the running of state.