Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 8, 2012

A stronger Bluefield makes a stronger region

Due to Food City’s blocking of development in Bluefield W.Va., I will no longer shop there.

The impact of their squatting on the former Kroger property will devalue personal property and is killing businesses on Cumberland road. This is one recent issue out of many that has been ongoing for 15 years.

It is well past the time for Bluefield to embrace the unfortunate fact that it is a West Virginia community, but we will have better representation in Charleston this coming year. Bluefield Va. and its commercial development does not help us. It doesn’t pave the streets in Bluefield, W.Va., or hire firefighters.

Regardless of the polite politic, wealth is being transferred into the coffers of a community that has less than half the population at the expense of the bigger one spiraling into an abyss. This reduction in revenue results in an inability to police the drug problem and absentee slum landlords.

City leaders need to reconnect with Charleston and develop Exit 1 and leverage the central location with 40,000 vehicles a day on Interstate 77. Efforts are underway to jump start the non-developed John F. Nash (Boulevard) but it will take an involvement with West Virginia Depart-ment of Transportation and the governors office to get that area developed to full potential.

A stronger Bluefield, W.Va., is key to a stronger area, and its leaders need to work hard at re-establishing itself as a commercial retail center even if it ruffles a few feathers at a chamber of commerce dinner.

The problem is that the proverbial tail has been wagging the dog, but the dog is darn near dead. However, the tail has a busier grocery store though!

Justin A. Hamm



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