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Become an Earth Angel this year

April 19, 2014 From time to time, we all need a boost, a pick-me-up, or an encouraging word. more »»

Ramps: A ‘spring tonic’

April 19, 2014 Allium tricoccum, wild leeks, or ramps — as they are affectionately known to most Appalachians — are part of a cultural tradition despite their pungent and lingering odor. more »»

Learning is a good guesser’s game

April 19, 2014 Playing guessing games is a great way to help children reduce their fear of failure and develop a love of learning at hom. more »»

GOP’s anger at Obama rages on

April 19, 2014 President Barack Obama’s stewardship for the last five years has been marked with some setbacks. Certainly the “roll-out” of the Affordable Care Act left his administration open to ridicule. more »»

Standing up for W.Va. coal miners

April 19, 2014 My Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the House of Representatives, on which I serve as the top Democrat, recently voted to advance legislation that puts an end to the EPA’s practice... more »»

Obama must defend NATO’s red lines from aggression

April 19, 2014 Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in... more »»

Biden is qualified to be the president

April 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — One of the enduring misperceptions of American politics is that the vice presidency is a steppingstone to the presidency. more »»

Condoleezza Rice being hounded

April 19, 2014 If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility to... more »»

Internet makes criticism much easier

April 18, 2014 I confess, dear readers, that I’m suffering from an identity crisis. One day I think I must be a fascist toady of big business whose fondest wish is to make the poor poore. more »»

Statistical frauds

April 15, 2014 The “war on women” political slogan is in fact a war against common sens. more »»

Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat

April 15, 2014 offers two definitions for scapegoat: “1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. more »»

Safety first: Scanners for threats

April 15, 2014 At the beginning of this school year, Philip Barbour High School installed biometric finger scanners. more »»

History’s greatest event

April 14, 2014 This week starts the anniversary celebrations of the greatest event in history. more »»

Thought police on patrol

April 14, 2014 WASHINGTON — Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. more »»

Bush candor could win the day

April 14, 2014 Agree with him or not, you have to respect Jeb Bush’s honesty. more »»

Obama still being cautious

April 12, 2014 Diplomacy was what Otto Von Bismarck had in mind when he stated that politics was the art of the possible. You had to hear the “footsteps of God” then “grasp onto the hem of his garment. more »»

Millions of pit dwellers amongst us

April 12, 2014 Joseph looked up at the cruel faces of his brothers, his eyes squinting against the sunlight that streamed into the hole they had dug for him. more »»

Is Heaven on earth — or above?

April 12, 2014 During this past Holy Week Hollywood appropriately timed the release of two films that present opposing portrayals of the afterlife: “Heaven is for Real” and “Transcendence. more »»

What is a professional development school?

April 12, 2014 You may have read in The Inter-Mountain that Third Ward Elementary has a new banner saying that it is a Professional Development School, but what does that really mean? The three key elements of a... more »»

Misplaced faith in Obamacare misplaced

April 12, 2014 One of the reasons our political structure has become dysfunctional no matter which party is in power is that too many of us are living in the moment. more »»



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