What is the price of a bad economic climate?
The folks in Wirt County might say it’s an increase in violence directed at others or oneself.
Wirt County is among the least-wealthy counties in West Virginia.
In the past few months, that small county has suffered the loss of a young family in a car accident, several suicides, and this week, a resident commandeered a UPS delivery truck and shot up the State Police barracks in Elizabeth before being shot and killed by an officer.
Is all of this due to the poor economic climate in Wirt County? Certainly not. But it certainly hasn’t made life any easier for the good people of Wirt County who have to be wondering what’s going to happen next.
What Wirt County needs is more and better-paying jobs, to help lift the prospects of its young people and its other residents still of working age.
Jobs have come and gone there over the years. A new highway was built to help make it more accessible by large trucks and regular folks. There are some very dedicated people in Wirt County who love their community and who stay to try to make things better.
Wirt County, like every county, needs more of those people.
But in addition to needing more, better paying jobs, Wirt County needs a little luck.
And here’s hoping that they get it soon.
That’s this week’s editorial.