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Responsible Care companies

When folks in the Kanawha Valley and elsewhere in West Virginia woke up on the morning of Jan. 9, 2014, few of them had ever heard of Freedom Industries.And had Freedom Industries’ management taken the steps to become certified as a Responsible Distribution company, there’s a strong probability that most of us would still have never heard of the company that was providing specialty chemicals to the coal industry. That company likely would still be quietly serving its cu...

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Grace and Truth

Luke 6:36 says, “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” D.L. Moody said, “When we preach on hell, we might at least do it with tears in our eyes.” I have been pleading Christ’s case for a merciful church. How merciful should we expect to become? Jesus said be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Mercy is shown by God throughout the Word of God. He sent His only begotten Son to die for sins. We are to reach nothing short of the nature ...

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Disrespect by the White House

Editor,On August 8, 2014, Major General Harold Greene was killed by a Muslim Afghan soldier. You may recall hearing how this supposed friendly soldier opened fire and killed the general and wounded at least 15 people while the general was touring a training facility. General Greene was the highest ranking military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War and Obama all but ignored it.

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Re: Old Covenant Conflict

Editor,Christians were happy when the republicans started the Fox News Network more than ten years ago because that news network gave a prominent place to God in its programming. Little did Christians know that the republicans would use the Fox News Network to spearhead their drive to put Christians under the Old Covenant law.

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Here’s an unusual super-rich guy with a strange message for his fellow 1-percent-of-the-1-percenters.Nick Hanauer, who made billions as an Internet entrepreneur, recently wrote an open letter to his fellow über-richies.Lego Pitchfork Mob“The true job creators are middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us,” Hanauer declared a little while ago in Politico Magazine. “I earn about 1,000 times the median American annually,...

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Drug monitoring

One of the hoped-for consequences of substance-abuse legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature two years ago is starting to take shape. But also apparent is that a significant portion of the state’s medical community is slow to get on board with the program spelled out in that legislation.Those are the two major take-aways from information disclosed recently by the state’s Board of Pharmacy, which was charged with the task of establishing a controlled-substanc...

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Obama’s war plan sends wrong message to our enemies

Critics looking for more reasons to pound President Barack Obama probably found ample fodder in his speech last week outlining a strategy to confront the Islamic State threat in Syria and Iraq. Americans are losing patience with a reluctant warrior in the White House at a time when even he says the danger is clear and present.All commanders in chief face a constant balancing act between prudence and bold demonstrations of American military might. Obama stated what all of us see: Is...

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President, Congress should work together on military intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”He’s right, of course. But that’s not the half of it.We live in troubled times, and over the last decade or two our milit...

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Former first lady had class

Shelley Riley Moore was a kind, gentle and proper West Virginia first lady. In so many ways, she complemented her flamboyant husband and governor, Arch A. Moore Jr. Shelley Moore quietly passed away last week at age 88.If there ever was a role model for West Virginia first lady, it would have to be Shelley Moore. She served with honor, distinction and professionalism. Yet, she added the personal touches of a wife, mother and friend to her Mountain State family. Serving longer as fi...

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What’s in your wallet? Maybe less, with Apple Pay

Remember Bitcoin? It was going to change the way we buy things. Forget Bitcoin.Ever heard of Google Wallet? Probably not.Technology advances so rapidly that it’s easy to overlook how many dazzling concepts are introduced and then fizzle. This isn’t a rant about the jet packs we were promised. It’s about the digital wallet.The idea of making purchases on the go without reaching for cash or a credit card has been around at least since 1997 when...

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A time to honor and remember

Last week, Joanne and I joined Americans across our state, our nation and the world as we remembered and paid tribute to lives lost on September 11, 2001. The day’s ceremonies at the State Capitol Complex and those held across the nation reminded us of the renewed sense of patriotism, courage and faith of America and her people, and continue to serve as a reminder to honor those who commit themselves to keep us safe and protect our freedoms.

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Fixing immigration?

On June 30, President Obama ordered Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to recommend actions he could take “within my existing legal authorities” to fix immigration: “I expect their recommendations before the end of summer and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.”No mincing words there. But over the weekend Obama said, in effect, “Never mind.” The bold deadline he proclaimed — &...

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Don’t take the church for granted

I read a story recently about a circuit riding preacher during the frontier days of our land. He was a humdinger of a preacher named Jesse Lee. He once preached a sermon on Acts 17:6 that reads like this in the New King James version: “These that turned the world upside down have come here also.”The thrust of his sermon was that sin has turned the world upside down, and the design of the gospel and the business of the ministry are to set the world right side up again....

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World Health Organization hurting

Were it not for horribly misguided Islamic religious fanatics in northern Nigeria and tribal Pakistan, the World Health Organization might have been able to eradicate polio this year. And in fact the organization and its health care allies have succeeded in eliminating rinderpest, a disease affecting cattle that is deadly serious if you live in rural parts of the world where your existence depends on cattle.

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Career politicians

Editor,Make no mistake; the greatest enemy we face is career politicians. Our form of government is not well served by having people remain in public office for a lifetime. The British Historian, Lord Acton, said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. I believe his position can be applied today by restating it as, “The fear of losing power, corrupts absolutely”. For there is no greater fear among career politicians than losing the...

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