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Too much?The death of comedian Robin Williams has many people upset.And that’s not the only thing.A substantial number of his fans are also angry over the way the authorities and the media covered the case.They don’t like that Marin County Sheriff’s Office released details of Williams’ suicide, including the method and a description of how his body was found.Nor are they thrilled that the media chose to publish tho...

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If we’d just send Capito …

If we’d just send Shelley Moore Capito to Washington, the coal trucks would start rolling again.Oh … wait … we’ve already sent her to Congress and … well, coal is in big trouble.The lunacy of political campaigns would sometimes cause a sane person to crumble. Capito’s ads and campaign pronouncements make it appear her election to the U.S. Senate seat being given up by Jay Rockefeller would save West Virginia coal. I would sugg...

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More jobs being available, but paying lessTwo new reports are out this week that, taken together, provide a pretty good picture of how the U.S. labor force has fared since the economic recovery began in June 2009.On Monday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released a report, prepared by IHS Global Insight, noting that U.S. payroll employment reached an all-time high this spring, finally surpassing the prerecession peak of 138.4 million jobs, reached in the first quarter of ...

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Let’s start the school year right

It is that time of year when our children are returning to school to begin a brand new school year or even the first year of school for many of our younger children. With this thought in mind, I know that this is also the time of year that parents and grandparents become concerned for our children’s safety and well-being. We think about so many aspects of school, from the school bus ride to our children’s friends, classmates, and their teachers. We wonder if they are going to do w...

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Lessons learned from mistakes in Iraq

Military victories, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger wrote in his memoir White House Years, can be meaningless “unless they brought about a political reality that could survive our ultimate withdrawal”. That argument still resonates strongly as the US and its allies, including Australia, decide on the most effective humanitarian intervention to prevent genocide in northern Iraq. Some victories, especially in dangerous and strategically important regions, need to be def...

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How do I start?

What does it mean to make disciples for Christ, that’s a good question? In using the word making disciples, we are actually taking some of the credit away from God. It is God that forms us and makes us into what he needs for his church and for his beloved people.We the church don’t actually make disciples, but we do nurture people into a growing relationship that strengthens faith, participation, an outward and inwardness love that is shown to our fellow brothers and si...

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Re: The Ed Show

Editor,This is an open letter to Mr. Ed Shultz, in care of The Ed Show at MSNBC. Mr. Shultz, if you are looking for a story that has the potential of changing the country for the better, this is it. To put it as simple as possible, the Republican Party is puffing Christians under the Old Covenant Law of Moses, just like the Pharisees attempted to do during biblical days. The apostles and disciples stopped the Pharisees, but who is there to stop the republicans, when the leaders of ...

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Obama was on to something with the fist bump

The origin of the fist bump as a greeting is uncertain, although it has been around for a long time and seems to have evolved from sports. But it wasn’t until Barack Obama went on stage in St. Paul, Minnesota, in June 2008 to clinch his party’s presidential nomination and fist-bumped Michele Obama that the gesture entered the national consciousness.The Washington Post called it “the fist bump heard ‘round the world.” It may have been heard ‘round...

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Promoting good attendance

Community Partner,We invite you to join Logan County Schools in recognizing this September as Attendance Awareness Month in our community as well as promoting good attendance throughout the 2014-15 school year.The start of each school year presents an important opportunity to lift up an increasingly urgent issue: Too many children are missing too many days of school. Literally tens of thousands of children even in the early grades are chronically absent—missing nea...

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West Virginia State Fair: Celebrating 90 years of blue ribbon traditions

In West Virginia, we enjoy taking time to celebrate our rich heritage and traditions. Each year, the West Virginia State Fair brings many of these traditions to life and our state’s communities closer together. Celebrating its 90th year of blue ribbon traditions, this year’s state fair is already shaping up to be even better than the last. Joanne and I are honored to invite you to take pride in our state’s heritage and celebrate its culture with us through August 16 at the s...

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Flogging corporate deserters

President Obama wants to lash “corporate deserters” — companies that move overseas to avoid U.S. taxes — with penalties and additional regulations.It is another case of the president trying to pit Americans against one another instead of supporting an economy that would offer more jobs and opportunities for everyone.“These companies are cherry-picking the rules, and it damages the country’s finances,” the president said in Califo...

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Despotic rule

Totalitarian rule in Iraq will not long endure. Despotic regimes that defy civil liberties never do.But for the moment, part of that nation exists under a reign of terror reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel, 1984.Christians and other minorities are told to convert to Islam or face execution, USA Today reportsThe homes of anyone other than Sunni Muslims are claimed to be state territory. Women are forbidden from wearing bright color or prints. Anyone who...

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Indictments to come in Logan?

Everybody in Logan County is about to be indicted.I’m operating on the premise that nobody can make it through an entire day without somehow breaking a law or statute. Most will let their vehicle drift left of center. Others will jaywalk, tell a little white lie or worse. This indictment theory seems to be the logic used by those who despise some Logan County officials. Every day, these cynics expect a dozen indictments to be handed down.Those who have been claimin...

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Distracted passengers

You would have had to be living in a cave to have not heard the term “distracted driving” over the past several years.The increased usage of smartphones and texting while driving have really brought this dangerous act to the forefront.Many will argue there are other forms of distracted driving, all of which often end with the same result — a tragic accident.What we haven’t heard much about — and maybe you’re even hearing abo...

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How does your garden grow?

My husband and I have a small vegetable garden at our home. We planted our garden in the spring and we have watched it grow during the past months and now we are reaping the harvest from all of the hard work that we have put into our garden. While looking at the vegetables that we have grown, I began thinking about the transformation that has taken place from the tiny little plants to the much larger plants that are now producing such lush and delicious vegetables.

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