Most people know about the three spirits in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Dickens is a stubborn and self-destructive man on many levels. To save him from a miserable, lonely death, the spirits come to offer what later gets called "tough love."
Those who just flew in from the moon and are unfamiliar with the plot can check this out.
The Washington Post this week played the part of the grim Ghost of Census Yet to Come. It projected that by 2060, West Virginia, among other states, will relatively or absolutely decline in population to the point that it will lose another seat in Congress.
Ebeneezer Scrooge asked the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, when showed his miserable fate of dying alone, if these were events fated or changeable. The Ghost grimly refused to reply.
Scrooge did not accept his possible fate. he changed his ways. So ought West Virginia. Experts know what builds development, productivity, wealth, and population. Reform the court system, weed out unnecessary regulations, licenses, and fee requirements, resist the temptation to raise the minimum wage, enact fair tax practices for all rather than special deals for a few.
The question is, will West Virginia enact these measures or drift down the road to irrelevance in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College?