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Don’t ask the Pentagon where its money goes

President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in the military four years ago.But when it comes to budgeting, the concept lingers on. “Don’t ask us how we spend money,” the Pentagon basically says. “Because we can’t really tell you.”Every taxpayer, business, and government ...

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EPA rules

A recent report from the 60 Plus Association is more reason for concern when it comes to crippling new federal regulations and higher electric bills.The report, which was unveiled last week by U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and 60 Plus Association founder and chairman Jim Martin, concludes that the new EPA rules targeting coal-fired power plants will increase electric prices at rates above the general rate of inflation while also leading to higher utility prices of America’...

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Fond memories of fall and dad

As I was walking my dog Petey this past weekend and noticing a few leaves that had already fallen due to our early fall weather, it reminded me of my dad and our walks in the woods.When I looked at a couple of the wet, yellow leaves, I realized I knew what type of trees they had come from.My dad taught me to tell different types of native trees in our Appalachian forests. From the giant white oaks, to the hickories, tall beechnuts, hardwood walnuts, slender poplars, nume...

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Student discipline

A chief finding in a report issued last week by the West Virginia Department of Education may not come as a surprise, but it should give Mountain State educators plenty of fodder to think about when it comes to disciplining students.A study by the department’s Office of Research concluded that an increase in discipline referrals raises the likelihood that students will do poorly on standardized tests, particularly those students who are given forms of punishment that take the...

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College Application and Exploration Week

Today marks the start of West Virginia’s fifth annual “College Application and Exploration Week,” a statewide celebration of the higher education opportunities available to our state’s students. This week, nearly 240 schools across the state will host college planning activities that provide guidance on how higher education can help students pursue and achieve their long-term career goals.

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Safe steps for Ebola

A long life has become an expectation. Many people are too young to remember the extraordinary medical progress that has occurred in the past 75 years that lengthened life expectancy in the United States by nearly 30 years.Long gone are memories of the European plagues. The Plague of Justinian in 541-542 killed 40 percent of Europe’s people. About 800 years later, it returned and claimed half of Europe again.Forgotten are the seven cholera outbreaks of the past 200...

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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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