Logan Banner- RSS OPINION Feed http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:27:49 EST 1800 Do you believe? http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150958045/Do-you-believe Hello, Merry Christmas. I hope this letter finds you in good health and prepared and ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:27:02 EST West Virginia’s tobacco prevention efforts http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150930282/West-Virginias-tobacco-prevention-efforts Tobacco products generate huge amounts of revenue for state governments.But how much of that money goes to smoking prevention efforts and helping smokers quit?Far too little, a coalition of health organizations reports. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:59:04 EST Senator Manchin’s Christmas Greeting http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150930333/Senator-Manchins-Christmas-Greeting As we celebrate this joyous holiday season, Gayle and I would like to take a moment to wish all of our fellow West Virginians a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate beloved traditions, create... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:08:02 EST West Virginia workforce issues http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150930280/West-Virginia-workforce-issues WorkForce West Virginia put its best foot forward for legislators in Charleston this week, telling lawmakers about its programs to help job seekers and employers. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:07:09 EST Real peace begins at home http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150924313/Real-peace-begins-at-home In December of 2001, the Jews of Afghanistan celebrated their first Hanukah free of the Taliban in almost a decade. It was a small celebration, for there were only two Jews left in the entire country - only two - and each one celebrated the Festival... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:07:07 EST Economic freedom http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150884737/Economic-freedom The Fraser Institute's annual Economic Freedom of North America Report is out, and once again, West Virginia ranks among the “least free” states, at 45th. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:07:06 EST Torturing Obama’s legacy http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150908052/Torturing-Obamas-legacy Is the president wavering on his opposition to “enhanced interrogation”? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:30:03 EST Senate President Bill Cole http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150884723/Senate-President-Bill-Cole It is official. Mercer County's own Bill Cole will be the new West Virginia Senate President, as well as lieutenant governor, come Jan. 14. Cole, a well-known Mercer County businessman also will hold the unique distinction of becoming the first... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:29:06 EST The Season for Mindless Consumerism http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150882713/The-Season-for-Mindless-Consumerism I love giving gifts when they're from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they're things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:44:03 EST Violent speech on Facebook http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150828211/Violent-speech-on-Facebook The United States protects free expression to a far greater extent than other liberal democracies. But even many free-speech advocates are uneasy about a case argued in the Supreme Court this week involving a Pennsylvania man who took to Facebook to... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:18:02 EST We don’t have to be afraid http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150873681/We-dont-have-to-be-afraid Living in a world where apparently anything goes, where one behavior is as good as another, at least so far as many people see it, leaves us wondering if there are any absolutes left in the world. Is one lifestyle, one behavior, really as good as any... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:21:02 EST W.Va. judge errs with gag order in Blankenship fraud case http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150827978/W.Va.-judge-errs-with-gag-order-in-Blankenship-fraud-case Four years ago, a buildup of methane gas and coal dust exploded in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine, killing 29 workers in the deadliest American coal mine disaster in 40 years. The mine was owned by the Massey Energy Co., led by CEO Don... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:36:04 EST STEM success in the Mountain State http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150853471/STEM-success-in-the-Mountain-State Across West Virginia, our young people are aiming for greatness. Whether choosing a career path requiring a two-year degree from one of our state's community and technical colleges or a four year degree at one of our colleges and universities,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:18:03 EST Look up, Americans, it’s not as bad as you think http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150839310/Look-up-Americans-its-not-as-bad-as-you-think We are one glum country. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:45:08 EST Gun sales http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150779209/Gun-sales With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday now behind us, holiday spending has kicked into high gear. Toys, electronics, apparel and a host of other items are selling at higher rates than at most any other time of the... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:45:06 EST Bipartisan support http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150779205/Bipartisan-support The new ethics panel recently created by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has come back with a number of meaningful suggestions that merit full consideration and debate among lawmakers. The commission is recommending in its interim report that state... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:45:05 EST The case of ‘whispering in church’ http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150814643/The-case-of-whispering-in-church As a young boy growing up, I attended my community's Church of God, primarily because the church was close to where I lived, and because I had friends that also went to the same church. I later was a regular member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:45:04 EST Thank You to West Virginia http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150802724/Thank-You-to-West-Virginia West Virginians are instinctively hard working, unconditionally loyal, and fiercely proud. When I first moved to Emmons, West Virginia, a small coal mining community, in 1964, I immediately recognized this isn't a boastful kind of pride. It is... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:05:05 EST W.VA Judicial hellhole http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150779201/W.VA-Judicial-hellhole The state of West Virginia has for five years made the American Tort Reform Foundation's list of “judicial hellholes.” Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:05:02 EST Christmas Peace, an inkling of what will come http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150787638/Christmas-Peace-an-inkling-of-what-will-come I wish to say to you all – Merry Christmas! I wish you PEACE.In many Christian traditions, we celebrate Advent – the coming of Jesus Christ. One of the weeks of Advent is devoted to Peace. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:58:07 EST