Logan Banner- RSS OPINION Feed http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:16:07 EST 1800 Toomey bill protects students from sexual predators http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/310844/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. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST You Can Begin Again http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3915685/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... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Obama’s nonpolluting firefighters http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3905641/Obamas-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... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Joe’s true colors http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/3916851/Joes-true-colors Editor, Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The development of medicine in Logan County http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3911683/The-development-of-medicine-in-Logan-County Reprinted from The Centennial Issue (Celebrate West Virginia Homecoming '96), Henry Clay Ragland's History of Logan County, The Early Years….Updated, Volume One by Samuel W. Rogers Jr. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Obama and economic recovery http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3905483/Obama-and-economic-recovery President Barack Obama's political opponents doubtless won't take “yes” for an answer or acknowledge that his stewardship of the economy has been on track, but the June job figures are promising indeed. Some 288,000 jobs were... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A writer is a painter of words http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3905533/A-writer-is-a-painter-of-words One thing I've noticed over the years is that every person is a “story.” Just as rock 'n roll artist Rod Stewart sang “every picture tells a story”, I like to think every story paints a picture. Sometimes the... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Drug courts http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895297/Drug-courts The Marion County Adult Drug Court has only been operating for a few months, but you can count Circuit Court Judge Michael Aloi as a believer. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Sparks’ hearing appeared to feature him reaching for moral high ground http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3896337/Sparks-hearing-appeared-to-feature-him-reaching-for-moral-high-ground The sentencing of Michael Sparks, the former Mingo County prosecutor, did not draw nearly the crowd that appeared when ex-Judge Michael Thornsbury was sentenced. Sparks, who many argue is a decent man who landed in the wrong spot, was not nearly as... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Hiring freeze in state government http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895295/Hiring-freeze-in-state-government The West Virginia state government began its budget year last Tuesday with a small surplus of $40 million — less than 1 percent of its annual tax revenues — thanks only to dipping into its savings. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST God’s loves you http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895435/Gods-loves-you To me there is nothing quite like the early morning hours in the summertime. I thoroughly enjoy getting up early, getting a fresh cup of coffee, and going to sit on my back porch and listening to the birds as they sing. Their sweet melodies drift... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Crack cocaine resurgence http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895293/Crack-cocaine-resurgence A wave of crack cocaine in the mid-2000s helped drive violent crime rates in Huntington to levels not seen before or since. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Where is the compromise? http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/3890044/Where-is-the-compromise Editor, Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Power of Agreement http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3890156/Power-of-Agreement Through the power of “agreement” in the body of Christ, God commands blessing upon the church. Psalm 133 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Court grants corporations human rights http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3890040/Court-grants-corporations-human-rights The Supreme Court is heading down a frightening path and should apply the brakes. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Liberals declare Hobby Lobby case a “war on women” http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3887974/Liberals-declare-Hobby-Lobby-case-a-war-on-women The liberal reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which protected the religious freedoms of certain business owners, has been as predictable as it is asinine. The court, in the eyes of liberals, has declared... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The development of medicine in Logan County http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3889500/The-development-of-medicine-in-Logan-County Editor's Note — The following is a reprint from The Centennial Issue (Celebrate West Virginia Homecoming '96), Henry Clay Ragland's History of Logan County, The Early Years….Updated, Volume One by Samuel W. Rogers... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Combining two former columns into one http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3885696/Combining-two-former-columns-into-one Years ago, actually during parts of the 1970s and 80s, I produced two newspaper columns each week for The Logan Banner. There was a sports column on Fridays titled “Sports Lines” and there was another column titled “Plain... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Immigration stall http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3885634/Immigration-stall A few days before the nation last celebrated its Independence Day, 68 members of the Senate passed and sent to the House a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Opportunist Jenkins raises Mingo GOP chairman’s ire http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3872734/Opportunist-Jenkins-raises-Mingo-GOP-chairmans-ire Mingo Republican Executive Committee Chairman Russell Deskins finally came out of his cave long enough to make perfect sense at the opening of the Southern West Virginia Republican Headquarters in Logan last week. Deskins appears to hide from the... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST