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Here’s an unusual super-rich guy with a strange message for his fellow 1-percent-of-the-1-percenters.Nick Hanauer, who made billions as an Internet entrepreneur, recently wrote an open letter to his fellow über-richies.Lego Pitchfork Mob“The true job creators are middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us,” Hanauer declared a little while ago in Politico Magazine. “I earn about 1,000 times the median American annually,...

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Drug monitoring

One of the hoped-for consequences of substance-abuse legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature two years ago is starting to take shape. But also apparent is that a significant portion of the state’s medical community is slow to get on board with the program spelled out in that legislation.Those are the two major take-aways from information disclosed recently by the state’s Board of Pharmacy, which was charged with the task of establishing a controlled-substanc...

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Obama’s war plan sends wrong message to our enemies

Critics looking for more reasons to pound President Barack Obama probably found ample fodder in his speech last week outlining a strategy to confront the Islamic State threat in Syria and Iraq. Americans are losing patience with a reluctant warrior in the White House at a time when even he says the danger is clear and present.All commanders in chief face a constant balancing act between prudence and bold demonstrations of American military might. Obama stated what all of us see: Is...

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President, Congress should work together on military intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”He’s right, of course. But that’s not the half of it.We live in troubled times, and over the last decade or two our milit...

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Former first lady had class

Shelley Riley Moore was a kind, gentle and proper West Virginia first lady. In so many ways, she complemented her flamboyant husband and governor, Arch A. Moore Jr. Shelley Moore quietly passed away last week at age 88.If there ever was a role model for West Virginia first lady, it would have to be Shelley Moore. She served with honor, distinction and professionalism. Yet, she added the personal touches of a wife, mother and friend to her Mountain State family. Serving longer as fi...

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What’s in your wallet? Maybe less, with Apple Pay

Remember Bitcoin? It was going to change the way we buy things. Forget Bitcoin.Ever heard of Google Wallet? Probably not.Technology advances so rapidly that it’s easy to overlook how many dazzling concepts are introduced and then fizzle. This isn’t a rant about the jet packs we were promised. It’s about the digital wallet.The idea of making purchases on the go without reaching for cash or a credit card has been around at least since 1997 when...

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A time to honor and remember

Last week, Joanne and I joined Americans across our state, our nation and the world as we remembered and paid tribute to lives lost on September 11, 2001. The day’s ceremonies at the State Capitol Complex and those held across the nation reminded us of the renewed sense of patriotism, courage and faith of America and her people, and continue to serve as a reminder to honor those who commit themselves to keep us safe and protect our freedoms.

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Fixing immigration?

On June 30, President Obama ordered Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to recommend actions he could take “within my existing legal authorities” to fix immigration: “I expect their recommendations before the end of summer and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.”No mincing words there. But over the weekend Obama said, in effect, “Never mind.” The bold deadline he proclaimed — &...

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Don’t take the church for granted

I read a story recently about a circuit riding preacher during the frontier days of our land. He was a humdinger of a preacher named Jesse Lee. He once preached a sermon on Acts 17:6 that reads like this in the New King James version: “These that turned the world upside down have come here also.”The thrust of his sermon was that sin has turned the world upside down, and the design of the gospel and the business of the ministry are to set the world right side up again....

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World Health Organization hurting

Were it not for horribly misguided Islamic religious fanatics in northern Nigeria and tribal Pakistan, the World Health Organization might have been able to eradicate polio this year. And in fact the organization and its health care allies have succeeded in eliminating rinderpest, a disease affecting cattle that is deadly serious if you live in rural parts of the world where your existence depends on cattle.

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Career politicians

Editor,Make no mistake; the greatest enemy we face is career politicians. Our form of government is not well served by having people remain in public office for a lifetime. The British Historian, Lord Acton, said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. I believe his position can be applied today by restating it as, “The fear of losing power, corrupts absolutely”. For there is no greater fear among career politicians than losing the...

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That Gosh Darn Minimum Wage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. “It was,” the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, “the worst day of my political life.”Was he talking about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America? No.McConnell was reflecting on the day 12 years ago when the Senate approved the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, imposing some limits on political donations by super-rich corporate int...

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Ebola

The United Nations warns that the intensive global medical effort needed to contain the Ebola virus sweeping through parts of West Africa could cost as much as $600 million. Ebola has killed 1,900 people so far — about half of those who have become infected — and has recently crossed from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone into two more nations. U.N. officials estimate that 20,000 people could die in the next six months, and that the situation could worsen after that without a promp...

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Chafin hailed as ‘King of Logan’

The more I research about the life and times of former Logan County Sheriff Don Chafin, the more I become intrigued. There is little doubt in my mind that a story and/or movie or mini-series could be produced that would equal that of the Hatfield-McCoys mini-series which was so popular on television’s History Channel. There are numerous stories about Chafin, both good and bad. At some point, I intend to put all these stories together for readers, who, like me, enjoy history — espe...

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Patriotism should be revived

As we move toward the anniversary of the one of the worst life-changing events in America’s history, the country again faces the possibility of potentially being involved in a conflict.This, in addition to the country having a major political divide, puts America in a very contentious position.One thing is certain, however, and that is we must never forget how we felt on September 11, 2001.Those emotions ranged from astonishment to anger followed by sorr...

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