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Ex-judge sentenced to resort

It could, after all, have been worse.For example, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Johnston could have ordered disgraced former Mingo County circuit court Judge Michael Thornsbury to spend the rest of his life in Hamlin.But the judge did not do that. Instead, he sentenced Thornsbury to 50 months in a federal corrections facility. One of the locations the ex-judge apparently wanted considered was a minimum-security “camp” in Pensacola, Florida. Early this week...

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Drawing the line on service animals

Months ago at the sports bar and restaurant in Wildhorse Casino, a well-dressed man walked in with two large, leashed canines. Each wore little vests that read “service dogs in training.”They were behaving fine, lazily stretched across the floor until one got up and defecated right in the middle of the restaurant. It was a real stinker. The man apologized and quickly took the dogs, leaving the gallant but repulsed staff to clean up the mess with gallon after gallon of b...

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Leaving your past in the past

We all have a past and we all have baggage. We also have a Savior who forgives our sins. This is proven in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” With this being said I think that too many of us are held back by our past from fulfilling God’s plans for our future. We can accept God’s forgiveness but sometimes we simply cannot forgive ourselves.

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Human eyes still needed

Although air travel had never been devoid of bad guys and hijackers pre-9/11, it is a distinction in history that that day, 13 years ago, marked a definite loss of innocence with regards to the airplane. Post-9/11, very little affecting air security is left to chance, with increasing security restrictions and measures being added to try and keep up with terroristic innovations. Starting this week, for instance, all passengers in United States-bound flights flying out of certain airports in th...

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Something important happens every day

Daily, I glance at the large calendar on the wall that looks down on my writing area. Last month it reminded me of Father’s Day and my super father and father-in-law. Summer started on the 21st, days that may be hot and stormy.I did recall with deep gratitude and unparalleled excitement that Kitty and I celebrated another wedding anniversary on June 4. That fourth was more exciting than Independence Day on the Fourth of July.

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Afghan’s recount

The latest chapter in U.S. efforts to nation-build in Afghanistan is the attempt by Secretary of State John Kerry to salvage the country’s presidential election.What America wants Afghanistan to do, for three reasons, is elect a credible president to succeed Hamid Karzai, ostensibly in charge of the country since 2001. First, having a democratically elected president means that the United States can leave in an orderly fashion, having been a major military, political and econ...

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Why incumbents keep getting reelected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12…times since 2010.”

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Ukraine deserving support

Ukraine’s new leader is making progress in regaining control over eastern areas of the country that were seized by Russian-backed insurgents, but he’s getting no help from the United States or the European Union. In fact, President Petro Poroshenko is succeeding in large part because he is resisting pressure to make unacceptable concessions to Moscow and its surrogates.

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Remembering the ‘70s

Technology has transformed our world tremendously. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that life is getting easier for most people. And, greatly due to modern medicine, life expectancy has increased significantly from around the turn of the 20th century when the average person lived to be about 50 years-old. Sure, there were those who, despite difficult lives of working the fields, hunting, trapping, timbering or even working in unsafe coal mining conditions that existed in the day, ...

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The King Coal Highway

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.

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Indictments must be piling up

All right, let’s see how many readers agree with me. All of you? That’s what I thought.Oh … I was just thinking storage room at the Southern District Federal Building in Charleston must be getting pretty scarce. That observation comes after weeks have turned into months and the feds still haven’t unveiled all the sealed indictments they have for Southern West Virginia officials.Regardless of the strategy in keeping the indictments secret (except, ...

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Israel’s heightened peril

President Barack Obama has offered to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, a standard U.S. response to the periodic outbreak of violence from Gaza. But the current rocket fire from Gaza into Israel is different from past episodes, and the usual cease-fire may not answer Israel’s new peril.Hamas took credit for trying to destroy Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona. Three rockets were fired at the installation. Two fell short and one was intercepted by Israel̵...

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Toomey bill protects students from sexual predators

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is pushing to get a bill passed before the new school year starts, hoping to reduce a growing number of students who have been abused by school employees.But first, he has to get the proposal — the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act — out of committee.“Every day seems to bring a new report of a child robbed of his or her innocence by someone they should’ve been able to trust, someone their parents told t...

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You Can Begin Again

Words shape us. When the doctor delivers the baby and announces to the parents, “It’s a girl!” those words begin to shape their lives, and will for the next few decades. When a child hears repeatedly, “You’ll never amount to anything.” it may take a lifetime to get over that.Back in the days of the draft, if you got a letter from the Selective Service of “Greetings!” you knew your life was about to change. What if someone told you, &#...

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Obama’s nonpolluting firefighters

The Obama Administration is asking Congress for more money to fight summer wildfires, especially in the dry West, but perhaps it could start by getting its own agencies off firefighters’ backs. We’re speaking of the Defense Department’s recent and gratuitous fit of environmental consciousness, which has disrupted disaster efforts in peak wildfire season.

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