Don’t dismiss future of Charleston just yet

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Many residents of the Charleston area are feeling smacked around the last couple of weeks. With the leak of more than 6,000 gallons of Crude MCHM from Freedom Industries tanks contaminating the area’s water supply, the resulting “do-not-use” order, closure of restaurants and hotels and continued questions of the water’s safety, uncertainty reigns.

Some wonder about the effect this problem will have on Charleston and the surrounding area.

“The damage that has been done to this community will affect us in a negative way for the rest of my life,” said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones.

Not necessarily. The negative impact will be with the area for a long time only if area leaders and residents let the incident overshadow our area’s many positives. Charleston area residents must believe in and promote their community stronger than ever as the recovery from the Great Water Crisis of 2014 continues.

Things will get better. Questions will get answered. Stronger new water regulations are likely to be implemented. Responsible businesses will update their crisis prevention plans. Citizens will be more vigilant.

Many people and organizations outside of our area are watching to see how well we respond. Will the Charleston area be a place other businesses want to invest in after this crisis? Will West Virginia be a better or worse place in which to live as a result…

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