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Banks don’t engage in wrongdoing, bankers do.

Let’s review the rap sheet of Wall Street banks: defrauding investors, cheating homeowners, money laundering, rigging markets, tax evasion, credit card ripoffs… and so sickeningly much more.At last, though, some of the cops on the bank beat seem to be having regulatory epiphanies. The New York Times reports that some financial overseers are questioning “whether such misdeeds are not the work of a few bad actors, but rather a flaw that runs through the fabric of th...

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$20 billion hole in the Highway Trust Fund

One way or the other, Congress must plug a $20 billion hole in the Highway Trust Fund before it dries up.The fund is the primary source of money for the nation’s major highway construction projects, including several in Ohio.The Interstate 75 widening project, for example, has been approved and is to start this year. But construction could be delayed if the trust fund goes bankrupt in August, as some are predicting.

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Nun disses Mingo County Republicans

Although I called the recent Kermit meet-the-candidate forum a “hot time in the old town,” it might have been more interesting if Sister Brendan Conlon had known a bit more about politics.To a person, everyone in Mingo County has told me the “nuns do wonderful work in the community.” Perhaps they should stick to that and leave politics alone.

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Court rulings

Back in “the old days,” government bodies could get away with a lot of questionable actions because they weren’t held accountable by the public they served.Thankfully, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed, for the express purpose of providing full and complete information to all citizens about the workings of government and the acts of those who represent them.It is part of the fundamental philosophy of our form of government that government...

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Upward Look: A Wrathful Man

“A wrathful man stirreth up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” (Proverbs 15:18)To have a bad temper is a terrible thing and many times leads to many problems. The person who has no control over his temper causes hurt not only to himself, but also to those who must bear the brunt of his anger.The writer of Proverbs spoke on this issue. He made known that the wrathful man stirs up strife. He is unhappy himself and he does not want others to...

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Helping mentally ill servicemen is important

Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them.After Army Spc. Ivan Lopez shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others before killing himself at Fort Hood, Texas, last week, the media focused again on mental illness in the military. Lopez was being treated for mental illness.But most service members coping with psychol...

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History’s most significant day

The creation of man and his days on earth, the prophets, people and times of the Old Testament, the birth of Jesus who was born of the virgin Mary, the beginning and relentless march of the church of God across the nations of the earth have all been validated, made real and significant because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His resurrection authenticates every thing Christians believe.Every Easter and every Sunday, we celebrate all that is bright and beautiful, good and desir...

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Guns and mental illness

Should a man with a long history of mental health issues have 54 guns in his house?Most reasonable people would say no, but that appears to have been the case with 62-year-old Rodney Bruce Black of Barboursville.Black has been indicted on two counts of murder in the Jan. 25 shooting deaths of Garrick Hopkins, 60, and his brother Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, of Oak Hill, W.Va. They were attempting to open a shed on the adjacent property, which Garrick Hopkins had just purchased,...

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W.Va. state parks and forests - visit every chance you get

Spring brings warmer temperatures, fragrant blossoms, the melody of chirping birds and new opportunities for adventure. It is also the time when many of us begin planning our spring and summer getaways-a memorable family vacation, a relaxing getaway for two or even a weekend excursion. As you explore the many options available to you and your family, I invite you to consider a “staycation” at one of the Mountain State’s beautiful state parks or forests-the hidden gems, right...

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VA needing to process claims more efficiently

Veterans Administration officials insist they are making progress in reducing the time those who have served our country in uniform must wait for decisions on disability benefits. The claims backlog allegedly has been cut by 40 percent during recent years.But the agency has a backlog of 368,000 disability claims that have been pending for four months or more. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has pointed out that last year, 23,919 veterans from his state waited...

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Upward Look: If the Lord Will

“For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.” (James 4:15)In speaking of faith, James revealed that it produces dependence on God. Without the Lord, we can do nothing. Only through him are we able to do that which He has called us to do.

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Government As Innovator? You Bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.

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Meth use at epidemic level

While prescription drug abuse is still at an epidemic level throughout the country, methamphetamine can certainly be viewed in the same manner.With the enhanced efforts of law enforcement, the meth-related arrests have increased.Unfortunately, the strong possibility exists that a massive amount of others are still in operation.Over the past few weeks, there have been a significant increase in meth-related arrests in locations that could have resulted in a seri...

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Smith should not be surprised about rumors

It’s always good to know when a public official has been cleared of any possible criminal wrong-doing. Somehow, that reminds me of the Southern West Virginia politician who ran for re-election to the legislature. In his advertising, he noted that he had “Never been CONVICTED of a felony.” That was so reassuring, voters in his district sent him back to Charleston. Later, he WAS, in fact, CONVICTED of a felony but later ran again and won another election. A second felony convi...

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No more cuts to food stamps

For every sensational story of food-stamp fraud or abuse, there are thousands more of people who depend on them to feed themselves and their families. That’s especially true now, with one in seven Americans — a record 47 million people — receiving help from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That number is double what it was a decade ago.Food benefits have become a popular target, with Congress cutting benefits late last year across the ...

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