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Central Government Is Attacking Senior Citizens

As five million Americans reach age 65 each year and join millions of others in the final season of their lives, most expect to enjoy their long-promised and eagerly anticipated golden years. They look forward to a secure retirement, pursuing their favorite activities and enjoying their ...

Rev. Thomas Steele Planning to Retire

The Rev. J. Thomas Steele, pastor of the Moundsville Baptist Church, announced to his congregation last Sunday that he is going to retire.He will remain in the pulpit until a new pastor is selected, providing that transpires in the next three months.Steele has served the church for 47 years, ...

Capito Can’t Be Stereotyped

Rep. Shelley Capito has a big ace up her sleeve going into the race to succeed Sen. Jay Rockefeller. It is simply that Democrats will be unable to portray her as a hardline conservative.Capito, the Republican who represents West Virginia's Second Congressional District, already is the heavy ...

Welcome Back, Kids

Her voice was calm, reassuring. She never wavered in her soft, sweet tone. Her patience was made in heaven.She was speaking to her elderly mother who obviously suffers from a condition of the aging process that makes her forget, even something spoken to her just minutes prior. The daughter ...

Explaining People Who Help Others

I was drenched to the skin, cold, tired, frustrated and worried as I drove back to Wheeling from Parkersburg one night last weekend.But I felt pretty good about life in general.I'd been in Parkersburg for a funeral service. Not long after I left, a tire on the car went flat. There was nothing ...

How to Make the Most of Different Learning Styles

Last month, we looked at the reading, writing and listening learning styles. Today, we will consider the final three styles of learning with the understanding that your children most likely utilize a combination of learning styles to fully gain lifetime knowledge. With that said, let's examine ...

Year’s Important Events Reviewed

Two events sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce attracted the most ever attendance during the past year. One was the 20th annual Christmas Tree Gala auction, which enabled the Chamber to donate $4,000 to the Body & Soul Community Kitchen housed at Simpson United ...

New Year Will Be Challenging

Sometime next summer or early in the fall, President Barack Obama will announce another Obamacare reprieve for businesses. He'll do so under pressure from Democrat members of Congress up for reelection in November. They will be worried that if, as scheduled, businesses are told just before the ...

Learning To Zip My Lip

I'm turning over a new leaf. At least I plan to make an earnest effort to change my ways. Do not confuse this with New Year's resolutions. Those are always well meaning but difficult to keep. I am aiming for something more permanent.My "new leaf" will require great constraint. It's not easy to ...

It Really Is All About Children

Remember the happiest you ever saw your children on Christmas morning?Think hard. It wasn't the year your son got his first bicycle. It wasn't the time Santa Claus pulled off a miracle and left that expensive, impossible-to-find doll under the tree for your daughter.It was years before that, ...

‘Privacy’ Not Really A Concern

Among the most interesting and potentially important stories we've carried this month was one about the FBI program that allegedly has headed off nearly 150 violent rampages during the past year. It involved the agency's Behavioral Analysis Unit evaluating people reported to have displayed ...

Influence of Big Money on College Sports Growing

For my 23 years as a university president/chancellor, I encouraged increased emphasis on intercollegiate athletics, believing at the time that the reasons were well founded. In the main, they were.At Illinois State University, Will Robinson was the first African-American head basketball coach ...

Sonny Allen Gets ‘Distinguished’ Title

While watching the Marshall-West Virginia mens basketball game a week ago, a list of 11 former Marshall coaches/players appeared on the screen, and among the names was Moundsville native Sonny Allen. The announcer referred to Marshall being a "Cradle for Coaches."In addition to the names of ...

Lump of Coal Is Right for Obama

As a public service to those of you who haven't finished your Christmas shopping for the politicians on your gift list, here are some suggestions:- President Barack Obama - A lump of coal, and not just for the obvious reason.- As president of the United States, Obama deserves more for Christmas ...

Making A List Or Two

If you are anything like me, your purse, wallet and pockets are stuffed with paper lists for gift buying, meal planning, Christmas card sending, bill paying and all sorts of other reminders to get you to Dec. 25 unscathed.The other day I pulled seven "lists" from my purse and laughed out loud ...

Pining For Real Tree At Christmas

We fell in love at first sight. My wife and I agreed we simply had to have the small, artificial pine tree we saw at a store recently. So we bought it, and we're really glad we did.It looks so real.Believe it or not, it took a politician to remind me how crazy it is that millions of Americans, ...

Forgiveness One of the Great Gifts We Can Give

They say that there are more than 7 billion people on the Earth. I personally believe that only God knows the exact count. It probably changes every second.We don't even know who lives in our own neighborhoods. There is no way for us to know who all is living on the Earth. There are good ...

Glen Dale School Improvements Set

The Marshall County Board of Education received an early Christmas present this past week when the state School Building Authority approved a Majority Improvement Fund allocation of $831,54.The SBA funding and $554,361 from the county board of education cofers will be used for improvements to ...

Here’s the Big Obamacare Lie

The good news, the son of a friend of mine told him, is that he finally was able to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. And, in another bit of good news, the young man added that he now has maternity coverage.But the bad news, he added, is that the only ...

Are You Calling?

Usually I ignore the nuisance phone calls from people I do not know invading my home space. My caller ID tells me who is calling so I can avoid the caller whose phone number is 000-000-0000 or is from somewhere in Nevada. I don't know anyone in Nevada.But during a day off this week, it was as ...