Logan Banner- RSS OPINION Feed http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:06:50 EST 1800 History’s most significant day http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3591321/Historys-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... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Guns and mental illness http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3591326/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. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST W.Va. state parks and forests - visit every chance you get http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3586168/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... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST VA needing to process claims more efficiently http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3585235/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... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Upward Look: If the Lord Will http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3585481/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) Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Government As Innovator? You Bet! http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3582743/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. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Meth use at epidemic level http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3582752/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. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Smith should not be surprised about rumors http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3576101/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... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST No more cuts to food stamps http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3576179/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... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Billionaires score big win with McCutcheon Decision http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3570337/Billionaires-score-big-win-with-McCutcheon-Decision The Supreme Court's McCutcheon ruling dealt another 5-4 body blow to our democracy. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Child Abuse Prevention Month http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3570320/Child-Abuse-Prevention-Month Child abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims.Children don't know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Upward Look: If Thou Wilt Walk Before Me http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3552970/Upward-Look:-If-Thou-Wilt-Walk-Before-Me “And if thou will walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and will keep my statutes and my judgments.” (I Kings 9:4) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The oldest political trick in the book http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/3268643/The-oldest-political-trick-in-the-book Editor, Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Re: Gregory’s Web of Confusion http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/3264585/Re:-Gregorys-Web-of-Confusion Editor,This is in response to Ron Gregory's column in the April 2, issue of the Logan Banner, and his column and front page article in the April 3, issue. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Joy in the Graveyard http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3264509/Joy-in-the-Graveyard Recently, I spent a week with family at the ICU of the hospital and then the funeral home. It can be a dismal experience, watching a loved one die. It can be, but it wasn't. True, there were sobs and tears, but underneath it all was a sense of... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST War on miners http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3254083/War-on-miners The federal government in the form of the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to cut funding for coal miners suffering from black lung disease by 35 percent. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Supporting the spouses of those who serve http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3259867/Supporting-the-spouses-of-those-who-serve The First Lady and I have witnessed firsthand the dedication, courage and sacrifice of our military men and women- and their families. Whether serving half way around the globe or here at home, it is the families of our military members who love and... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST State handling chemical spill regulation http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3254081/State-handling-chemical-spill-regulation In government, for each and every adverse action, there is an over-reaction. Sadly, a good case in point is Freedom Industries leaking thousands of gallons of water into the Elk River on Jan. 9. This leak shut down the water supply of 300,000 people... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Upward Look: They speak not peace http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3252869/Upward-Look:-They-speak-not-peace “For they speak not peace, but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.” (Psalm 35:20) Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Upward Look: Speak Not Of Ye All http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3250914/Upward-Look:-Speak-Not-Of-Ye-All “I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, “He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up His heel against me.”” (John 13:18) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST