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How to assist evil

"Engineering Evil" is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It's a story of Nazi Germany's murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.Though the Holocaust ranks high among the ...

Dangerous mischief in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - The report that protesters have declared two eastern Ukraine cities to be independent republics questions President Obama's assurance that there is no "military solution" to the crisis that began with Russian President Vladmir Putin's land grab of Crimea."If Russia moves into ...

U.S. and Canada, together at last

What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada.What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America.What country has the natural resources America needs? Canada.What country has the entrepreneurship, technology and defense capability Canada needs? America.Has the time ...

Politics gets too personal

Many of those radical environmentalists and liberal politicans have managed to scare to death over global warming are too young to remember the bugaboo of just a few decades ago.Without drastic action to curb industrial emissions, it was going to kill tens of millions of people, eliminate ...

The new blacklist

"There is a gay mafia," said Bill Maher, "if you cross them you do get whacked."Maher, the host of HBO's "Real Time," was talking about the gay activists and their comrades who drove Brendan Eich out as CEO of Mozilla. Eich, who invented JavaScript and co-founded Mozilla in 1998, had been named ...

Campaign finance causes big stir

The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says - free speech for ...

Pets can help solve crimes

As far as crime laboratories go, it is not very impressive-looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff of just three forensic scientists and a few interns. But the work product that comes out of the Veterinarian Forensic Lab at the University of California, Davis is important, and ...

Meetings must be open

On March 24, I called attention to Philippi City Council member Terrence Boyd's speech that declared he was willing to charge citizens with a misdemeanor and file libel charges if he felt free speech by citizens threatened his political career or got their facts wrong.In my column, I called on ...

How do real women cast their vote?

"The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees." So wrote the Washington Post's Dana Milbank about a panel that featured Mollie Hemingway, Karin Agness and yours truly.It was ...

Dissent on a one-way street

Six years ago, Brendan Eich contributed $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California that sought to preserve marriage between one man and one woman. Eich recently became chief executive officer of the Mozilla Corporation. Mozilla, part of the Mozilla Foundation, oversees pieces of the ...

Kerry’s folly, Chapter 3

WASHINGTON - When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes - against all advice and holding no cards - Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power. The talks ...

What’s race got to do with it?

I like Megyn Kelly. The Fox News anchor is smart, lively and gorgeous. But she's managed to walk right into a controversy over race and ethnicity, and it's not the first time. These are treacherous waters for anyone in media - but especially so for media personalities who are perceived as ...

Confusion in Ukraine

Perhaps a great irony will be apparent during the Ukraine crisis, in that Germany will play the role of France after Versailles. Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her haste to incorporate the new government in Kiev into a commercial relationship, violates a big principle of self-determination. She ...

Benefit dinner set at Camp Popeye

It's spring time in Barbour County! I guess one of my favorite things about spring is hearing the "peepers" in the evenings. The smell of ramps is in the air, and before long, mushrooms will be popping out of the ground. One thing that I could do without is the mud, but I'm sure that won't last ...

Forgiveness can end cycle of grief

Joy was a young woman who seemingly had everything going for her. Yet, if you took a closer look, Joy lived everyday reliving the pain she had caused her parents. Her grandmother was dying when Joy was a teen, and instead of helping out, Joy wanted to do her own thing and have a wild and fun ...

U.S. committing economic suicide

We Americans often are accused of not keeping up with more "progressive" folks in slashing our use of coal. We're supposed to feel inferior, somehow, because we haven't stopped using the most economical means of generating electricity.Don't believe it. A few weeks ago, I was among a group of ...

Those slippery federal subsidies

Look the word "hypocrisy" up in a dictionary. With it, you'll see a picture of Uncle Sam. That's because when it comes to saying one thing and doing another, federal government officials are kings.An excellent example is the National Flood Insurance Program. In 2012, President Barack Obama's ...

Obama’s legacy is in danger

After a defeat in a special election in Florida, dire predictions of Democratic disaster at the polls accelerated among the punditry. Suddenly it was Obamacare which sank Alex Sink at the polls. Although the margin was narrow and in a more Republican than Democratic district, nevertheless the ...

Frequent parent-child conversations help

Kump Education Center volunteers and teachers at Midland Elementary School are preparing for a transition to a kindergarten workshop for parents and their children May 9. The literature we have been studying says the best thing a parent can do to help a child for school is to talk often with ...

Allow God to lead you along way

The following article was written by my late daughter, Kristin Leigh Short. As most of you remember, Kristin was a passionate and beautiful soul. She fought for the freedom of those in bondage. That meant fighting on the front lines of the war on human trafficking, but also fighting for the ...