While the federal government talks a great game about energy conservation, it often tends to pour billions of dollars into wasteful projects rather than those that make a real difference - such as public transit.
Here in our area, the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority has provided public bus service for decades, using some federal funds. But it cannot keep the buses running without local tax revenue, too.
This week Moundsville City Council agreed to place an OVRTA tax levy on the ballot for city voters in November. Though a similar levy was turned down in 2010, more than half the voters then supported it (60 percent was required for approval).
Council acted wisely in giving OVRTA - and the many area residents who rely on its public transportation - another chance. Now, it is up to the authority to convince Moundsville residents the buses are wise use of local tax dollars.