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GOP backs public on health care

President Barack Obama was asked this week about polls showing that most Americans believe Obamacare ("The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act") will hurt them.Interviewer: "Is everybody wrong?"Obama (laughing): "Yes, they are. It's going to be a good deal."We'll see about ...

Putin touched a tender nerve

Russian President Vladimir Putin raised a storm with his criticism of "American Exceptionalism." One senator from New Jersey stated that it wanted to make "him vomit" when he read the op-ed in the New York Times. How dare any other national leader criticize what to many Americans is its ...

Dropout rate relates to crime rate

"A 5 percent increase in the high school graduation rate among males in West Virginia could save $100 million each year in crime-related costs as well as boost the state's economy according to a national policy group." The Charleston Gazette (Sept. 17, 2013) said these figures are based on a ...

Closures hot topic in county

Happy fall from Barbour County! I just love this time of year! I love the cool, crisp weather and the crunch of the falling leaves. I love the smell in the air, the festivals, the fresh apples, smoke coming from chimneys and everything associated with the season.There will be a fall light pole ...

Showdown on the way in Congress

Keeping the United States out of direct involvement in the Syrian civil war may be the easier of the two big jobs facing Congress this month. The other involves a take-no-prisoners battle - figuratively speaking, of course - right here at home.By the end of this month, the federal government's ...

The coming field day for fraud

"Is this Mrs. John Doe? I'm Benjamin Franklin from the Service Center for Advice on Major Medical Issues of the National Government. We've been asked to contact people like you who have questions about Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act.""Oh, thank heaven you've called, Mr. ...

Can efficiency and education coexist?

Much controversy has developed over Senate Bill 359 passed by the West Virginia Legislature to reform education in March 2013. After the education efficiency audit of 2012 and the rapid removal of the state Superintendent, people have become skeptical about the idea that efficiency and ...

Obama can’t figure out his Syrian policy

The confrontation over Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons on its own civilians last month is mired in confusion and controversy, and if you want to know the latest, you might want to check with Russian President Vladimir Putin.He seems to be running the show.President Barack Obama is ...

Case for bombings not strong enough

President Barack Obama certainly cannot be accused of understatement in his campaign to get congressional approval for actions against Syria.More photographs, more anecdotal evidence and a heapin' helping of moral outrage has masked this effort.Secretary of State John Kerry has led the charge ...

Lawmakers must rein in the president

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."- Isaac Asimov"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."- George McGovernWe live in perilous times.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stands accused of ordering a chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damascus, ...

Eggy face preferable to disaster

For the time being, President Barack Obama slowed the rush to conflict in the Middle East. With the usual suspects clamoring for war over Syria - the council of foreign relations, John McCain and the neo-conservative crew - Obama smartly threw the issue to Congress. Because he stupidly drew a ...

You can’t go home again

I have experienced a long, long list of emotions over the past eight months. In January my sister, Juanita, suffered a fatal heart attack. She was in a coma until Feb. 1, when she passed away. On April 1, we placed her urn in the ground at the family cemetery on the Piercy farm.When we went for ...

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Einstein’s concept of imagination is valuable for parents and teachers. Too often they worry about test scores without realizing

Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Einstein's concept of imagination is valuable for parents and teachers. Too often they worry about test scores without realizing how much children need to experience ...

Consumers should pick TV channels

Cultural trends can be confusing, conflicting and troubling, and we see that in today's TV programming.At one end of the spectrum is A&E's "Duck Dynasty," where the stars are clothed, generally respectful and even prayerful. On Aug. 14, 11.8 million people tuned in.And then we have ...

Turning back the clock?

For Republicans, Barack Obama's election and re-election have been events that they yearned to reverse. Mitch McConnell declared the destruction of his presidency during the first term and his so-called friend Tom Coburn has mentioned impeachment. Say what you will of the GOP, they do not lack ...

States can take control of Washington

Symbols are sometimes powerful.Last Sunday morning, the preacher emphasized a point in his sermon by waving his Bible in the air.It looked tattered. Well-used.Last week, at a town hall meeting, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin emphasized a point about government by waiving a "We, the People" ...

Dems lose touch with workers

Democrats face a daunting task in 2016, as they contemplate a new leader for the party. With Barack Obama preparing to step down, the Democratic establishment will again have to find a candidate who can re-energize party activists. This is not very easy for a party with an uncertain legacy and ...

River boats on the Little Kanawha

If you think that American river boats only navigated great rivers like the Mississippi, come to the Fair at the Crossroads at Kump Center August 31st to see models of the river boats that once traveled up and down the Little Kanawha in Gilmer County.From 1823 until 1940 when the U.S. Army ...

Kids set to return to school

Hello from Barbour County! Summer has come to a close, and it's now time for kids and teachers to go back to school. School in Barbour County begins on Aug. 22. Sports practices have already begun, and things are well underway to a good start to the school year.Congratulations and good luck to ...

Bezos could put the Post back on track

Many in the Fourth Estate were recently saddened by news that The Washington Post and related publications are being sold to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, for $250 million cash."A death in the family" was a typical reaction. The Post's own news story said ...