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Gone to the dogs: Animals provide lots of love

If you're a dog lover, you will love this column. If you're not, read it anyway. By the end, you might change your mind.During my lifetime, there has been a period of only about five years when there has not been a dog around. Growing up on a farm, it was a given that a dog was a member of the ...

Sharing stories of birth, birthdays

Last week, I celebrated my birthday. When I was growing up, the ritual for the birthdays of my brothers and myself included my father telling us the stories of the days of our births.This story-telling took place between eating breakfast and rushing off to school. So each year, I would hear ...

How they’re bringing in business

There seems to be a lot more focus on "women's health" - liberal code for abortion - than there was several years ago. Why?Here's a clue: Last week, the Guttmacher Institute released a report on the frequency of abortions in the United States. The abortion rate in this country has not been this ...

Love your heart: Reduce your risks for heart disease

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. In America, heart disease kills 2,200 people every day. It is true that February is American Heart Month; however, it's important to love your heart year round not just in February. ...

GOP in transition

George Wallace, the 1968 Independent candidate for president, launched a new party that sort of embraced conservatism. For most of his career, the Alabamian had embraced a form of southern liberalism that used government as a tool for sociological and economic progress. However, he won the ...

Students must also learn at home

Every child ought to be home schooled. Too many parents rely on schools, both public and private, to educate their children.Then, when teachers can't make up for years of neglect by moms and dads, guess who gets blamed?Now, professional educators reading this probably know what I mean about ...

Snowshoe Mountain: Our Allegheny beacon

Spectacular multi-colored winter skies are bursting at the seams and beckon us to West Virginia's high country where a Mountain-State Mini (a three-day "Wild, Wonderful West Virginia" vacation) awaits the traveler who is not afraid to get up and go and press the snow. We are, of course, ...

GOP’s focus is on tactics

Because the perception that the Tea Party is in decline, Republicans of a more establishment stripe are confident that they will prevail in 2014. Yet they are concerned with tactical rather than strategical considerations. It is the return of compassionate conservatism, that mushy, murky thing ...

Harlem Superstars coming to PBHS

Just think, the first month of this new year is almost gone!Cold weather, business closings, and snow days have been the topic of conversation lately. Not only in Barbour County, but all over the region. I checked the school closings website on Wednesday of this week, and every single county ...

GOP may miss chance to cap debt

Establishment Republicans in Congress soon will have a chance to demonstrate why they should be defeated at the polls in the fall.The Treasury Department this week told Congressional leaders that the government has borrowed as much as it can ($16.4 trillion) and that President Barack Obama ...

Right a divided camp

For Conservatives these are not easy times. On the social front, gay marriage and even marijuana legislation threaten to divide the libertarian and traditionalist religious right. So far the coalition has held because both agree that the liberal alternative, in their collective view, would be ...

McGeehan in the thick of the race

West Virginia voters get to replace Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller in 2014. He's retiring after 30 years in Washington.The Republican and Democratic primaries are on May 13; the general election is on Nov. 4. Both primaries contain a handful of candidates for Senate. The filing deadline is ...

Christie under fire

Oh, the travails of the northeastern Republicans. In 1963 it was Nelson Rockefeller's divorce, in 1967 George Romney's "brainwash" comment and much later the strange death of "compassionate conservatism" under George W. Bush. Now it is Chris Christie's self-inflicted wound caused by the ...

Cold temps the talk of Barbour

Hello from frozen Barbour County. The cold temperatures seem to be the topic of conversations all around the area. Because of this, teachers and students have enjoyed extra days off from school lately. I hope that everyone is staying warm and safe.My family had some fun throwing boiling water ...

McGeehan spells out his agenda

"I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."- President George W. Bush, Dec. 16, 2008.---It's generally assumed that the Tea Party movement is a response to the fiscal policies of liberal Democrats. That's wrong. The Tea Party movement is a response to the fiscal ...

Getting beyond Watergate

In retrospect, Aug. 9, 1974 was probably a tragic day for progressives. Richard Nixon left office because of the Watergate scandal, giving Democrats a dubious victory. After years of criticizing Nixon, they finally got their man. But one may ask, at what price?For many in the United States, ...

McGeehan wants to be our senator

Patrick Riley McGeehan. Remember the name.He's a conservative Republican running for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who is retiring.If conviction, passion and love of country are the measure of a man, McGeehan is a giant.He's from the Hancock County community of ...

A turning point for Tea Party

For Republicans, a specter may indeed haunt the rank and file: that the conditions that put them forth in the first place may disappear. Since 2008 and 2009, when the "bail outs" of American banks and the auto industry commenced, the Tea Party lived as a viable force in politics. When the first ...

Yes, we can keep the republic

On the final day of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got - a Republic or a Monarchy?"Franklin: "A Republic, if you can keep it."---The new year is just around the corner, and with it comes a chance - perhaps a last chance ...

Obama has left his mark

A feature of the Barack Obama era has been the preponderance of bumper stickers still hailing the President. Some you can notice are as far back as 2008 vintage. My usual practice is to remove strips immediately after the election and usually only the supporters of the losing candidate keep ...