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CDC branches out in all directions

October 24, 2014 Would it surprise you to learn that one of the functions of the Centers for Disease Control is to prevent “teen dating violence”? The CDC also battles bullying. more »»

Epidemics and government

October 21, 2014 By Friday, nearly 30 countries had established bans on travel to and from the three countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. more »»

Four words you should not believe

October 20, 2014 “This time is different.” Beware those four little words. They are perhaps the most dangerous words an investor can believe in. more »»

Festivals abound in Barbour County

October 18, 2014 Hello from Barbour County! I love to see all the beautiful leaves. It’s that time of year for festivals, popcorn, apple butter, crafts and more. more »»

We should live like we are dying

October 18, 2014 As the leaves fall to the ground and the air becomes more crisp, there is a hush that comes over the state and that is the knowledge that winter is right around the corner. more »»

The language of learning to behave has significant impact

October 18, 2014 Last week, the top headline in the Sunday Charleston-Mail read “Discipline, test score linked. more »»

GOP will not make agenda known

October 18, 2014 Upbeat unemployment figures gave President Barack Obama a boost in the effort to preserve a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. With the data showing that 5. more »»

Debate didn’t change minds

October 14, 2014 Who won this week’s televised debate between Rep. Shelley Capito and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant? Neither of them. more »»

Will IRA charitable rollovers be permanent?

October 13, 2014 A great idea is hard to dismiss. Congress failed to extend the IRA charitable rollover provision into 2014. more »»

Enjoy the people in your life

October 11, 2014 While walking to the pharmacy at Wal-Mart, I noticed a sad and pitiful child. Then, walking into the grocery store, there was another one and still yet more and more sad and pitiful looking childre. more »»

Community gardens at a crossroads

October 11, 2014 It’s time to clean up and shut down the Fourth Ward Community Garden on the site of the historic family garden at the Kump Center. more »»

Many blessings come to us throughout our lives

October 11, 2014 Before I write any of these columns for the paper, I pray about it. I want the subject to be one that touches people’s hearts in some positive way. more »»

Philippi mars historic rail line

October 11, 2014 Railroads have always been a fascinating part of West Virginia’s history. Railroad companies built a vast network to haul coal and timber. more »»

Keep the Mountain State safe

October 11, 2014 We often hear stories on the evening news and read articles in national newspapers about areas of our country that have experienced devastation caused by wildfires. more »»

Obama needs to show initiative

October 11, 2014 Woodrow Wilson remarked at the beginning of his administration that it would be “an irony of history,” if he was to be remembered primarily for foreign policy. more »»

What you need to know ahead of Medicare open enrollment

October 11, 2014 Next month will mark the 50th anniversary of the election of President Lyndon Johnson, who campaigned on the promise to create a system to provide health care insurance for older Americans. more »»

Stay out of my town!

October 10, 2014 We all recognize the image as a comic cliche — a grumpy old man standing on his porch, yelling at the kids in his neighborhood to “stay out of my yard!” That’s the picture that came to mind last wee... more »»

Manchin more like Bill than Hillary

October 10, 2014 A modest proposal has been quietly buzzing through the news and the Internet over the idea of Joe Manchin running for president. more »»

Polls can cause confusion

October 7, 2014 If reputable pollsters are to be believed, Natalie Tennant is closing the gap on Rep. Shelley Capito. The two are vying for a Senate seat from West Virginia. more »»

Fretting does much damage but no good

October 4, 2014 You may be wrapping up the festivities of the Forest Festival and your mind begins to dart to and fro. more »»



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