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Government As Innovator? You Bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.

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Meth use at epidemic level

While prescription drug abuse is still at an epidemic level throughout the country, methamphetamine can certainly be viewed in the same manner.With the enhanced efforts of law enforcement, the meth-related arrests have increased.Unfortunately, the strong possibility exists that a massive amount of others are still in operation.Over the past few weeks, there have been a significant increase in meth-related arrests in locations that could have resulted in a seri...

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Smith should not be surprised about rumors

It’s always good to know when a public official has been cleared of any possible criminal wrong-doing. Somehow, that reminds me of the Southern West Virginia politician who ran for re-election to the legislature. In his advertising, he noted that he had “Never been CONVICTED of a felony.” That was so reassuring, voters in his district sent him back to Charleston. Later, he WAS, in fact, CONVICTED of a felony but later ran again and won another election. A second felony convi...

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No more cuts to food stamps

For every sensational story of food-stamp fraud or abuse, there are thousands more of people who depend on them to feed themselves and their families. That’s especially true now, with one in seven Americans — a record 47 million people — receiving help from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That number is double what it was a decade ago.Food benefits have become a popular target, with Congress cutting benefits late last year across the ...

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Billionaires score big win with McCutcheon Decision

The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling dealt another 5-4 body blow to our democracy.To justify striking down limits that cap aggregate campaign contributions during a single election cycle, the Roberts Court ignored the way the world really works and made it far more difficult to justify much-needed protections against those who would purchase our elections and elected officials.Supreme Court, Inc.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims.Children don’t know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know.April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is everyone’s business.About 70 percent of children who die from child abuse are under 4. They can’t make the call, so somebody else has to do it. There is a report of child abuse nationwide every 10 seconds….In one s...

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Upward Look: If Thou Wilt Walk Before Me

“And if thou will walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and will keep my statutes and my judgments.” (I Kings 9:4)The great King David was dead, and his son Solomon reigned in his stead. He had built the magnificent temple and dedicated it to the Lord. The Lord then appeared to Solomon and reiterated the covenant He had made with David. He reminded the young king that He ...

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The oldest political trick in the book

Editor,Tuesday’s Logan Banner headlines were truly laughable. Nick Joe Rahall, opted to pull out the oldest political trick in the book in order to grab some headlines. Here is the way it works. When a politician knows he has no real record or platform around which to build any campaign, he has his staff “leak” a rumor. Then once the “rumor” is published, the politician runs to the nearest TV camera or microphone to refute the rumor. It gives the appea...

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Re: Gregory’s Web of Confusion

Editor,This is in response to Ron Gregory’s column in the April 2, issue of the Logan Banner, and his column and front page article in the April 3, issue.Mr. Gregory, I am one of those Bible-thumpers you disdain in your column.You insist that you’re not an atheist, and then you express a belief system that is completely devoid of spiritual worship.

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Joy in the Graveyard

Recently, I spent a week with family at the ICU of the hospital and then the funeral home. It can be a dismal experience, watching a loved one die. It can be, but it wasn’t. True, there were sobs and tears, but underneath it all was a sense of joy.

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War on miners

The federal government in the form of the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to cut funding for coal miners suffering from black lung disease by 35 percent.The seven black lung clinics in the state — Princeton, Whitesville, Oceana, Montcalm, Rainelle, Meadow Bridge and Scarbro — last year received $1.4 million in funding. This year, a cap has been put in place to reduce that funding to $900,000 a year.Rightly so, West Virginia miners and lawm...

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Supporting the spouses of those who serve

The First Lady and I have witnessed firsthand the dedication, courage and sacrifice of our military men and women- and their families. Whether serving half way around the globe or here at home, it is the families of our military members who love and support them through deployments, reassignments and moves across state lines.

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State handling chemical spill regulation

In government, for each and every adverse action, there is an over-reaction. Sadly, a good case in point is Freedom Industries leaking thousands of gallons of water into the Elk River on Jan. 9. This leak shut down the water supply of 300,000 people for five days or longer.West Virginians took care of a West Virginia problem.Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency, the National Guard and thousands of volunteers passed out millions of gallons of bottled water,...

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Upward Look: They speak not peace

“For they speak not peace, but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.” (Psalm 35:20)As one looks at the life of David, the one whom God said was “a man after mine own heart.” (Acts 13:22) we can see that he experienced all the problems that are common to man in teh world in which we live. David often sought the help of the Lord when his enemies were giving him a hard time. He trusted the Lord to be his guide and stay, his refu...

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Upward Look: Speak Not Of Ye All

“I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, “He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up His heel against me.”” (John 13:18)Just as a coin has two sides, both valid, so Jesus Christ has two natures, both valid. Luke presents Christ in His humanity as the Son of Man; John portrays Him in His deity as the Son of God. John’s purpose is very clear; to set forth Christ in His deity in order to spark believing...

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