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By Erich Reimer
Every day on the road we pass by them. Trucks, bearing the logos and cargo of companies in industries ranging from manufacturing to food, consumer goods to raw materials, each day traverse the seemingly endless thousands of miles of road in our nation to fill our stores and homes with their goods.
It’s an industry that many of us do not give much thought to unless we have direct contact with the trucking sector. The work is largely done behind the scenes, beyond the brief public view as we see their mammoth vehicles roll alongside us on the roads. Yet it’s an industry that affects nearly everyone to a quite significant degree, as well as our economy at large.
In 2016 trucking freight revenues accounted for over $738.9 billion in the United States. Over 10.55 billion tons was transported by over 3.5 million truck drivers.
I recently had the chance to look over a particular policy issue that’s been affecting the trucking industry, specifically the implementation of an “Electronic Log Device” requirement and the schedule that must be followed from it.
The federal rule, implemented in 2015 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and only beginning to be enforced in recent months, has caused already a wide array of complaints across the trucking sector due to its rigidity and disconnection from the realties of how the business is run.
Even a small violation can get a trucker in trouble and put a company out of business, due to the log lacking fluidity for breaks, loading, unloading, traffic jams, and more.
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By Jim Workman
For the West Virginia Press Association
All states are now free to operate in sports betting, thanks to a United State Supreme Court ruling on May 14.
West Virginia is poised to take advantage of the new opportunity as state lawmakers voted to legalize it during the 2018 session, concluded in March. Gov. Jim Justice allowed legislation to become law without his signature.
Wagering on certain professional or collegiate sports events should begin in the coming months as West Virginia Lottery activities. Supporters of the law contend sports wagering revenue will help pay for education, tourism and senior services in the Mountain State.
West Virginia’s five casinos are expected to implement sports betting in the coming months. A smartphone app is also expected to allow participants to place bets.
“There is a lot of illegal gambling going on across the country, so for us to be able to capture significant and meaningful dollars for our state, that’s what we ought to do,” Justice told reporters Monday. “I think it’s good news – great news.”
The recently passed state law may need to be altered, it has been suggested, to include an integrity fee for sports leagues.
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By Camille Howard
This coming Monday is Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have sacrificed to give us a better life. Whether they died in battle or peacefully at home, we owe them a debt we cannot repay.
It is good to remember and honor our military dead. To think about the life they left to serve this country. To respect their final resting places and to teach our children that respect.
It is a proud legacy they have left us: others before self. It would do us all well to visit the graves of these brave men and women and remind ourselves of that legacy.
On a happier note, congratulations are in order to all our local graduates - high school and college. It is an accomplishment to obtain a diploma on any level and we are always proud to hear of what our students have done during their high school and college years and beyond. It encourages all of us to see the achievements of our “small town” students in the world.
Congratulations to all the people in the background: parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, pastors, family members and friends who helped along the way. Your name may not be on the diploma but you’ve earned some thanks.
Finally, if you think the Press looks a little strange this week, it’s because we’ve changed printers ... again. For many years the Press has been printed by the facility at the Cumberland Times-News. But in March, they consolidated with the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat and all printing operations were moved there; and we had to move with them.
We’ve made this change to hopefully bring you better quality printing and to get that for you, we’ll rearrange our pages as many times as necessary. Thank you for your patience.