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Old 08-03-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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Manchin doesn't understand that the fastest developing areas need money too -- possibly more of it. It will be partly his fault when Morgantown's growth starts to stunt.
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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They're now proposing the WV section to be a toll road. But, if you read the article below, it seems as if they're going to still collect the tolls on the PA side as they do now, but PA Turnpike (PENNDOT doesn't run the PA side of the road) officials have agreed to share the revenue.

West Virginia Headline News and Talk Radio

I guess this move makes sense. I don't think it's feasible to put another toll plaza in West Virginia.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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You have to wonder how Manchin would come up with that one? Nearly every cent of the money is from Federal sources... the State has virtually nothing invested in it.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:12 PM
 
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Manchin doesn't understand that the fastest developing areas need money too -- possibly more of it. It will be partly his fault when Morgantown's growth starts to stunt.
The demonstrated growth areas are the ones where the funding should be spent in order to facilitate continued growth. I do believe that Manchin's influence is on the wane though. He wants to be a Senator so badly he can hardly stand it, and that is his focus now. Look for a very popular and hugely successful Mayor to get into the Governor's picture in my opinion. If so, the entire State will benefit from his leadership and proven ability to bring people together for the common good (something that WV has lacked since the beginning of time). He would establish logical priorities and spread the benefits to help all.
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:26 AM
 
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The Mon-Fayette Expressway will take the money out of Wv by the truckload with everybody going to Pittsburg to shop.
It's like a personal road to the big city.
The Wv crooks have been so jealous about the toll. Look who built the road anyway, its not like Wv had any part in it at all. And their part was only about 5 miles total.

It will take 60 years to re-coup the cost of the toll booths...why even bother? I said it was a jealousy issue.

While the Fat Cat's gather in Charleston to divide the pot each winter in the legislative sessions, Ohio has set up infrastructure on the other side of the river from New Martinsville, Ashland has taken steps to drain away Huntington's money and now Pittsburgh has created CMU's and Penn State's new campuses within 10 miles of Morgantown to drain away the education dollar.

West Virginia has not been interested in its regions because certain individuals outside the Fat Cat Group keep out their graft to an extent...WVU being the cash cow exception.

Follow the money and you will see where the other money is spent...gambling? does that ring a bell.
Wheeling Casino's...EP Casino's...

I'll tell you how dumb our Wv crooks in the Office of Tourism are..

For $24 I can get on a gambling bus and spend most of the day at the Meadowland's Race Track and Casino south of Pittsburgh.
With that bus ticket comes a $5 voucher for food and $15 to play the machines.

They are taking out our gambling money...already...how smart.

Anybody seen a Wv bus to Wheeling? How about the EP? ha ha...give credit where credit is due.

What needs to be done at the Pennsi border is build that huge light switch...the one to turn off the power when everyone is gone...
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:04 AM
 
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The new Rivers Casino is opening this week, within spitting distance of Heinz Field. Pennsylvania will greet West Virginians with open arms, provided you bring cash.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:04 AM
 
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I disagree, David. I-79 is still going to be a faster way to Pittsburgh...so a new road isn't going to mean much. The only shopping this road would make closer is Century III....and that mall is terrible.

The road is being paid for with stimulus money...so that's not an issue.

What it will do is open up Uniontown and Brownsville as commuter communities for Morgantown jobs. Somewhere a person can find a cheap place to live amongst the god-awful real estate prices we see in Morgantown...which I suspect is part of the reason you don't like it...
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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I disagree, David. I-79 is still going to be a faster way to Pittsburgh...so a new road isn't going to mean much. The only shopping this road would make closer is Century III....and that mall is terrible.

The road is being paid for with stimulus money...so that's not an issue.

What it will do is open up Uniontown and Brownsville as commuter communities for Morgantown jobs. Somewhere a person can find a cheap place to live amongst the god-awful real estate prices we see in Morgantown...which I suspect is part of the reason you don't like it...
I also see it differently than David. It will make the trip to the East Side of Pittsburgh faster, but except for big ticket items (they already get that business in the much larger city) it won't effect shopping to any extent. As to the CMU and Penn State campuses they won't have much effect on WVU, which is already in the first phase of changing emphasis. They are reducing undergraduate enrollment on purpose and increasing selectivity while jacking up graduate enrollment (-600 and +600 this year respectively) to become more of a research oriented institution. The actual numbers of students will be essentially unchanged. Within the next couple years they will also be hiking the numbers of instructors to move up to Category 2 in the rankings.

WVU will improve in stature, and it should make schools like Marshall content in that they can pick up the slack with the more marginal undergraduate students (that's the only way they can survive long term since they have been losing student count there in spite of multiple tuition discount schemes).
It will be a win-win for West Virginia schools, and those going to the PSU branch are essentially those who would choose a community college.

I was talking with a researcher from CMU just this past week and he told me the sky's the limit for WVU. He is in energy research and told me the consortium in Morgantown will have almost $1.5 billion at its disposal to work on more efficient ways to turn coal to clean burning energy. I guess WVU, CMU, Pitt, as well as Penn State and Virginia Tech will team up on multiple fronts. Morgantown's future looks bright indeed. Now we need to get the State off its duff and improve the infrastructure in the city itself.

On one thing I do agree with David... the politicos in Charleston do far more harm for West Virginia than good. They are far more likely to try to line the pockets of themselves and their cronies than they are to do anything truly constructive. What a bunch of bozos.
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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It will take Ron Justice as Governor to get any roads for Morgantown...period.

If you think mr. MoJo has any conscious effort aside from lining his pockets you better get a new hat.

It takes over 500 million to run for President and that money is coming from home...wait and see if Sen. Manchonie doesn't run for the big crook's seat. clinton, obama...he's next in line.

They will market him as the Sarah Palin from West Virginia....ha ha ha...
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia 'Burbs
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I think Dennis Kucinich would be elected president before a dude from WV...
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