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It’s never too early to plan for your future

A college degree opens the door to opportunity for so many students and helps West Virginians land high-paying jobs. Job training programs and vocational degrees also boost up job applicants and give them the skills and competitive edge they need when looking for employment. For the average worker, a college degree can mean $1 million more in earnings over your lifetime compared to those with a high school diploma alone. Because taking every opportunity to further your education holds so much...

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New auto technology and distracted driving

As recent AAA studies confirm, anything that takes a driver’s mind off the road increases the likelihood of an accident. Even built-in systems that allow drivers to make and take calls and to send text-messages hands-free create distractions that can be dangerous to the drivers and to others on the road.AAA studied the cognitive distraction caused by common forms of interaction between drivers and hands-free technology, such as tuning the radio or making a phone call; and it ...

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Let’s have a balanced plan for producing the electricity

On Tuesday, August 12 of this year, there was an editorial in the Charleston Gazette concerning, what else, coal. The headline stated that pro-coal forces live in a fantasy world. His conclusion is that coal was, and is, the ultimate cause in the climate change we supposedly see going on around us. Mr. Grant (is it Dr.?) was not completely wrong in some of his assessments, but like many of us when subjects of controversy and personal passion arise, he speaks largely in absolutes and unproven ...

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Sarah Nott’s Law

Editor,There is something wrong, something very wrong. I thought it was only where I live, but I have found that’s it is all over West Virginia and possibly the nation.People don’t care. They are so wrapped up in life itself that they don’t realize that they are unintentionally causing death.By parking lengthways across a parking lot that merges directly onto a highway, just inches off the white line on the edge of a highway, you are inviting...

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The Dollar Energy Fund helps our neighbors in need

The crisp, dry air and cooler temperatures are a sign that the beautiful colors of a West Virginia fall will be here soon. And it means that really cold weather will be here soon too.And that means different things to different people.For some, cold weather means ski trips to the mountains of West Virginia. Good for them.But for too many others, cold weather means high utility bills and the worry of how to pay the extra costs.That’s where the ...

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

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Breast cancer support more than pink ribbons

This time of year might bring to mind autumn leaves and black-and-orange Halloween decor, but there is another color that’s taken over the month: October is awash in pink.In what might be the greatest health care marketing in history, the color pink has taken October by storm, putting Breast Cancer Awareness reminders virtually everywhere. Of course, there is the pink ribbon apparel, which you can purchase from North Face or Wal-Mart and most stops in between. But the pink st...

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Venerable diseases in Logan

Very few people know this, but mandatory HIV (AIDS) testing is required in West Virginia when a person is charged with prostitution or certain other specified sexual offenses, which include sexual abuse, sexual assault, incest or sexual molestation. The law actually went into effect in 2011. Recently, a female was charged in Logan County with her third offense of prostitution. It was my duty to order the testing. No defendant can be released from jail until the testing is completed, and the p...

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Gay marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court convened for a new session on Monday, October 6, and chose to take no action on the question of gay marriage.Which will have quite an effect on the fight for marriage equality across a big chunk of the nation.The justices, without comment, refused to hear appeals from the states of Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin where laws prohibiting same-sex marriage had been overturned by the courts.That means gays and lesbians will be allowed...

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Keeping the Mountain State safe

We often hear stories on the evening news and read articles in national newspapers about areas of our country that have experienced devastation caused by wildfires. This August, West Virginia’s Division of Forestry wild land firefighting crew traveled across the country assisting with wildfire suppression efforts at the Klamath National Forest Beaver Fire in California. After spending two weeks fighting the wildfire alongside other crews from across the country, the crew safely returned...

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Time for Congress to act against inversion

In August in this space, we criticized the practice of inversion, which is American companies finding a way to avoid paying taxes as their American customers are legally obligated to do. We gave some faint praise to Walgreen Co. for changing its mind about its plans to acquire a Swiss company and move its headquarters to Switzerland, thus avoiding payment of U.S. corporate taxes.On Sept. 22, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew outlined steps that the Treasury Department will take to d...

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Making the most of every moment

I have been thinking a lot about summer and how much I enjoyed this summer with my husband and our many fishing trips at various places here in Logan County. With fall upon us and winter quickly approaching it makes me miss those days sitting by the river bank or lake and fishing. We both love the outdoors and we both enjoy fishing and everything that comes with it. We enjoy the peace and quiet that is always present while fishing. Unless I catch one and then I am jumping up and down and yell...

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Newspapers are still on a mission

You know what a newspaper is: It’s that news source on your doorstep each morning, that packet of information you hold in your hand and scan to find out the local news and whatever else is going on in your world.Yes, that’s the product most of us call a newspaper — a fairly self-explanatory label.But a newspaper business is MUCH more than that, and that’s something that National Newspaper Week — which this week is — serves to remind th...

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Christmas already?

Greetings my dear friend I hope this finds you in good health and good spirits.I hear it all the time we haven’t even got through Halloween, or Thanksgiving and already Christmas stuff is on the store shelves. I want us to reflect on what Christmas is really about, it is not something that we see in an ad, or on a store shelf.

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West Virginia’s economy

More than 30 groups and individuals had a chance to showcase their creations at a special event highlighting the innovation of people from West Virginia and neighboring states. They all, no doubt, participated with the dream that the products they created may someday become items that will catch hold and be useful for a segment of consumers.But getting from creation of an idea into the marketplace can be a challenging quest. That underscores the importance of developing a culture i...

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