Logan Banner- RSS OPINION Feed http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:58:59 EST 1800 West Virginia gives big thanks for small businesses http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150666367/West-Virginia-gives-big-thanks-for-small-businesses This week as we gather to give thanks this holiday season, many across the Mountain State are also preparing for the hustle and bustle of the biggest shopping days of the year. Each year, squeezed between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:33:04 EST Squeeze a stalling Iran to make a nuclear deal http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150664421/Squeeze-a-stalling-Iran-to-make-a-nuclear-deal After almost a year of intense negotiations and economic pressure, Iran still is not ready to yield on its outlaw nuclear program. Instead, Tehran on Monday masterfully extracted seven more months to develop its nuclear prowess: The U.S. and its... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:33:02 EST Showing thanks by giving year-round http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150664950/Showing-thanks-by-giving-year-round A warm bed, a loving family, or good health—so many of us in West Virginia have much to be thankful for. But as we give thanks, we must also take this time to reflect on the struggles and needs of those less fortunate. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:03:07 EST Short-sighted consumers long on gas-guzzling cars http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150664329/Short-sighted-consumers-long-on-gas-guzzling-cars How soon Americans forget. A few weeks or months of somewhat lower prices at the pump, and they're hot on the trail of gas guzzlers again. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:02:04 EST Wind farm bird kills http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150601572/Wind-farm-bird-kills It turns out alternative energy companies, supposedly kinder than kind to Mother Nature, have some dirty not-so-little secrets. At least one of them wants to keep it that way. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:01:05 EST November at the Capitol http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150644912/November-at-the-Capitol November interims at the Capitol were highlighted by a legislative audit of the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority, an audit that found the authority, which manages a network of ATV trails in southern West Virginia, has been highly... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:49:07 EST Childhood obesity http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150601527/Childhood-obesity West Virginians — particularly children — are going in the wrong direction when it comes to obesity and chronic health problems such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:48:04 EST The unspeakable gift http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150636189/The-unspeakable-gift The holidays will soon be upon us. Many tables will be decorated beautifully and a bountiful meal will be prepared. As we sit down to enjoy our holiday meal, we will take the time to reflect upon our year and talk about the many changes that have... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:00:04 EST CEO, politicians and voting http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/150636150/CEO-politicians-and-voting Editor,I see where they have indicted the great Don Blankenship for his disregard of mine laws causing the death of many good miners. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:19:04 EST Stop Obama http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/150639386/Stop-Obama Editor, Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:18:03 EST The poor suffer from hunger — not the munchies http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150609287/The-poor-suffer-from-hunger--not-the-munchies Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It's also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:34:05 EST Aging infrastructure http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150601499/Aging-infrastructure Charleston-area residents whose water comes out of the West Virginia American Water treatment plant on the Elk River received a reminder that chemical tanks are not the only worry, when it comes to their water supply. Last week, a broken sewer line... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:34:04 EST Don’t forget to say ‘thanks’ to your teachers http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/150619965/Dont-forget-to-say-thanks-to-your-teachers Editor,With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the Arch Coal Foundation encourages West Virginians to also take a moment to thank a teacher who has made a difference in their lives or the life of a child. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:33:04 EST Much work still needed to improve relations with China http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150601277/Much-work-still-needed-to-improve-relations-with-China Moundsville, W.Va., native John Berisford is back home in the United States, finally. His situation makes it clear this country has much to do to improve our diplomatic relationship with China. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:33:08 EST Time to reconsider U.S. Senate rules http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150601247/Time-to-reconsider-U.S.-Senate-rules For generations, the U.S. Senate safeguarded substantial minorities through its rules on filibusters. Providing senators with concerns about proposals could muster support from about 40 percent of their peers, they could block action by the... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:33:08 EST A law against feeding humans? http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150602044/A-law-against-feeding-humans As readers should well know, there are places at which one is not allowed to feed the animals; Chief Logan State Park being just one example, zoos being another. However, can you believe there are some communities in America where a person is not... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:33:07 EST Get covered through the Affordable Care Act http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150587208/Get-covered-through-the-Affordable-Care-Act Imagine your child has asthma or severe allergies. One day, your health insurer informs you that they will no longer cover your child under your plan because they have a preexisting condition. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:45:06 EST Stand your ground http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150587510/Stand-your-ground More than two years ago, there was a case in Florida that drew national headlines and sparked a national debate. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:04:06 EST What makes a strong lobbyist http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150526163/What-makes-a-strong-lobbyist Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it's lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:29:09 EST Legislators on education http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150526292/Legislators-on-education When you are trying to improve, it often helps to study the best.In public education, that road leads to China's largest and richest city, Shanghai. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:28:06 EST