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International Peace Day something to imagine

It is unclear at this writing if anyone will notice today marks the international Right of Peoples to Peace. Although observed annually by the United Nations since 1982 as a day to note the basic tenet that peace is necessary for all people to experience full human rights, since 2001, the day has been designated even more specifically as a day of non-violence and cease-fire.If it were to be observed by combatants everywhere, the sudden cessation of violence would be deafening.

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Misleading the public about circumstances

While there is little still to be said about the theft of Mingo County’s family court judge position by state officials, it remains a bit annoying that some continue to mislead the public about the circumstances of various decisions.As noted here earlier, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin could have declared a special election to fill the family judge position. Then, the matter would have appeared on the November 4 ballot for voters to decide. Instead, the powers-that-be wanted to ap...

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My state, My life: Encouraging our young people to plan for the future

This week, I had the opportunity to join students from Wayne High School and Robert C. Byrd High School to talk about West Virginia’s bright future and the number of exciting opportunities that await them in the Mountain State.West Virginia has tremendous potential for economic growth in a variety of industries and sectors from energy to petrochemicals to tourism. The opportunities available to our young people that come with this growth are incredible. “My State, My Li...

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The NFL’s fan base

This Sunday, and for the next five months, Americans will watch multimillionaire athletes try to move a ball from one side of a field to the other. We’ll have tailgate parties outside massive stadiums paid for with taxes. We’ll get together with friends and relatives in living rooms so giant strong men can entertain us with a showcase of rare talents and physical prowess.Professional football is a sign of strength. It’s more American than Old Milwaukee Beer.

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We need to be walking, talking witnesses

I read a story written by Philip Yancey about Henri Nouwen, a priest who used to teach at Harvard University. At the height of his career, Nouwen moved from Harvard to a community called Daybreak, near Toronto, in order to take on the demanding chores required by his friendship with a man named Adam.Nouwen now ministers not to the intellectuals but to a young man who is considered by many a useless person who should have been aborted.

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Obama points to several global challenges

At the U.N., a blunt Obama seeks new Mideast resolveAddressing leaders of a world widely seen to be moving from crisis to crisis, President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that a collective response is imperative. Although the United States can and should take a leadership role, long-lasting solutions ultimately must come from those nations with the most at stake.Obama pointed to several global challenges, including the spread of Ebola in West...

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Steyer vs. Koch

Editor,Whenever a Democrat has no real platform to run on, you can always bet he will run the “Evil Billionaires support Republicans” campaign ad. Just like Nick Joe Rahall is doing now. It is truly laughable. The uninformed voters actually believe these childish ads. Yet, the truth is Democrats have just as many and often more billionaire supporters than the Republicans! But, the greater damage is the underlying theme that is fostered by these ads.

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To protect our kids, we must extend the CHIP

From the beginning of my career in public service, I’ve always cared deeply about helping our children. When I arrived in Emmons, West Virginia as a VISTA worker, there were countless children in the community who’d never seen a doctor or a dentist. Their family just couldn’t afford it. To get them the care they needed, I packed my Jeep with kids and drove them to their first dental appointment at a clinic in Charleston.That experience, like so many of my memories...

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Black lung

No man should die from coal mining, be it from a methane explosion, a roof collapse or black lung — coal-miner’s pneumoconiosis.The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, among other things, set standards to reduce dust and created the Black Lung Disability Trust to compensate miners who contracted this disease.The law worked. Over time there was a 90 percent reduction in miners with this ailment. What was accepted by some people as an occupational ...

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The craziness brewing in the NFL

Like most people, I’ve watched and listened to the sudden craziness that is brewing in the National Football League. First, there was the controversy of whether the Washington Redskins name is offensive to Native Americans. Now, since Ray Rice has decided to become a heavyweight fighter with his wife as the practice punching bag in an elevator, plus, the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson allegedly committing child abuse on his son, I can’t help but offer a few wonderments that reader...

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Shameful comments from Kessler, Miley

House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler apparently do not see much of a future for coal in West Virginia. They more or less said so in a recent Associated Press article slamming the state’s embattled coal industry. What in the world were these two prominent Mountain State Democrats thinking?Miley, speaking on Viewpoint radio show in West Virginia on Sept. 5, says candidates running for federal office should spend less time talking about coal … “b...

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This tradition not worth keeping

Ironically, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s newspaper column this week is titled, “Keeping with Tradition.”Although Tomblin writes of a different tradition, I think action this week regarding Mingo County’s family court judge position shows that another Mountain State “tradition” is being kept.West Virginia has a well-earned reputation for political corruption. “Stolen elections” are often discussed. Well, this past week, Tomblin, ...

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Childcare programs

Whenever possible, smart consumers make it a habit to check quality ratings for all kinds of goods and services, ranging from kitchen appliances to plumbers to big-ticket items such as cars.In West Virginia, however, parents looking for a guide to the quality of childcare programs where they might place their children have limited options — a shortcoming that warrants a remedy.

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Keeping with tradition: Service to others one day at a time

Across the country, West Virginians are known for their true hospitality and live out the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. Throughout the year, West Virginians of all ages across the Mountain State participate in community service activities in our hometowns to improve our neighborhoods. Last week, those activities were showcased through a statewide effort as part of the third annual Day to Serve celebration.

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Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State

Thirteen years after religious zealots murdered nearly 3,000 people in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, global terrorism not only endures but seems intractable.The recent shift in the world’s attention from al-Qaida to the militant group that now calls itself the Islamic State may be camouflaging the reality that although those Islamist extremist groups employ somewhat different tactics, each stands squarely against foundational human rights, including freedom of religion, and the...

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