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Where is the compromise?

Editor,July 7, 2014 marked a new horizon for the State of West Virginia and one I pray is filled with hope and opportunity for our citizens of the Mountain State. For the first time in 82 years, the number of registered Democrat voters has dropped below fifty percent. Yes, as I predicted just a few weeks ago, West Virginians are fed up with the weak, liberal leadership we’ve been provided from the Democrats we’ve elected. The sad truth is they have no one to blame but t...

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Power of Agreement

Through the power of “agreement” in the body of Christ, God commands blessing upon the church. Psalm 133 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.”

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Court grants corporations human rights

The Supreme Court is heading down a frightening path and should apply the brakes.The justices have set a scary precedent by assigning rights that Americans hold dear to corporations. The court has shown a willingness to elevate an inanimate organization, a building, above the rights of natural humans.The recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case holds that closely held corporations have religious rights. The court ruled earlier in the Citizens United case that corporations h...

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Liberals declare Hobby Lobby case a “war on women”

The liberal reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which protected the religious freedoms of certain business owners, has been as predictable as it is asinine. The court, in the eyes of liberals, has declared another “war on women.”Yet if these liberal critics truly believe what they’re saying, we ask a simple question: Why aren’t they condemning President Barack Obama in equally vitriolic language? After all, the Obama ad...

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The development of medicine in Logan County

Editor’s Note — The following is a reprint from The Centennial Issue (Celebrate West Virginia Homecoming ’96), Henry Clay Ragland’s History of Logan County, The Early Years….Updated, Volume One by Samuel W. Rogers Jr.By Dr. H. H. Farley and Dr. L. E. SteeleThe history of medicine in Logan county can be classified in three divisions—the home remedy, the first doctors and the first hospitals.Of course at the beginning there wa...

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Combining two former columns into one

Years ago, actually during parts of the 1970s and 80s, I produced two newspaper columns each week for The Logan Banner. There was a sports column on Fridays titled “Sports Lines” and there was another column titled “Plain Talkin” which I recall as being published on Tuesdays. At the time, I was Sports Editor for this newspaper and really had my hands full just trying to keep a handle on local sports which was rapidly growing.

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Immigration stall

A few days before the nation last celebrated its Independence Day, 68 members of the Senate passed and sent to the House a comprehensive immigration reform bill.Fourteen Republicans voted for the measure. Among them were Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the party’s 2008 presidential candidate, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a favorite of the GOP’s Tea Party wing.A year later, after House Speaker John Boehner told him the House would not take up immigration refo...

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Opportunist Jenkins raises Mingo GOP chairman’s ire

Mingo Republican Executive Committee Chairman Russell Deskins finally came out of his cave long enough to make perfect sense at the opening of the Southern West Virginia Republican Headquarters in Logan last week. Deskins appears to hide from the press and public on a routine basis. But when he took the floor in Logan, he was right on.Deskins took offense at state Sen. Evan Jenkins for praising the headquarters opening and implying Republican efforts in Southern West Virginia have ...

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Are we prepared for the drones?

On the night of June 26, Pittsburgh Pirates fans saw something flying above the field: not a baseball, but a drone.Team officials asked police to find the drone operator and ask him to stop the flight; he quickly complied. Yet the Federal Aviation Administration properly investigated the incident.The drone that flew over the stadium isn’t the sort that roams over Iraq and Afghanistan. But that doesn’t mean the potential for something bad doesn’t fly wit...

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We are trees

I would like to share this poem with you. I know it is not my usual column but there is a story behind this poem. In my very first publication of “Fruit of the Vine,” I talked about how we are compared to trees in God’s word. This poem is what brought that column into fruition. It is also what inspired me to write again and it even inspired the title of my column. My dream to be a writer has been awakened after many years of dormancy and I really want to share another aspect...

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Contraception ruling being a setback

The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision allowing some for-profit corporations to opt out of contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act might have turned on this comment from Justice Anthony Kennedy, most often the high court’s swing vote. Because the Obama administration had granted religious accommodations to other groups, he questioned whether the contraception mandate was critical to public health. “It must have been that the coverage was not that important,R...

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Jesus demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit

In Galatians chapter 5, the apostle Paul tells us about the fruits of the Spirit, those traits in the Christian life that get played out in real life with the help of the Spirit of God who lives within us. They are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Easy list to learn; not always so easy to do.So how are to learn these fruits, and most importantly, to live them? In the interest of time, let me just say that the answer is eas...

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Tax structure

Today is July 1, the start of a new fiscal year for many states, including ours. And it’s a reminder that West Virginia cannot be complacent when it comes to making itself an attractive place in which to do business.As Daily Mail Capitol Bureau Chief Dave Boucher reports today, there are no significant tax changes to the state’s structure. But some other states are changing their tax structures and tax rates today.It goes to show that the competition among st...

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Help the Paws Squad

Editor,People of Logan County, please help the Paws Squad.For those of you who are not aware, this is a group of wonderful people in our county who are saving animals everyday. They work day and night — sometimes traveling far away — transporting these animals to other shelters that are willing to help.I was amazed to learn how hard these people strive to save these animals. They are in dire need of help of any kind such as fostering a pet or any m...

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Re: The Religious Right is wrong

Editor,If you think that “not everything” is about the Covenants, you’re dead wrong. Obeying the New Covenant of Jesus Christ is a Heaven or Hell issue, and gaining the one while avoiding the other is everything. The Old Covenant is a history of the beginning, not a guide to Christian living.

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