Logan Banner- RSS OPINION Feed http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:36:29 EST 1800 Magistrate Court by the numbers http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151573261/Magistrate-Court-by-the-numbers Recent studies, using FBI Uniform Crime Reports, have shown that crime across America has actually been on the decline for the past decade. Statistics show that in 2004 there were 3,824 crimes per 100,000 people on average in the United States. The... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:35:36 EST Learning from other states http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151573098/Learning-from-other-states Local government officials from the Parkersburg area are on a trip to North Dakota to find ways to deal with a problem that most of West Virginia hasn't experienced for several decades: economic growth. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:35:34 EST It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151515058/Itll-never-be-time-for-term-limits-on-Congress It didn't get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:25:32 EST Make the choice clear to Iran: No deal means economic collapse http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151542028/Make-the-choice-clear-to-Iran:-No-deal-means-economic-collapse President Barack Obama and his foreign policy team worry that the long and so-far-fruitless talks on Iran's nuclear capabilities will collapse if Congress passes new, tougher economic sanctions on Tehran. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:05:37 EST At The Capitol http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151515049/At-The-Capitol CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Work on legislation to repeal the 2009 Alternative Energy Portfolio Act dominated the first full week of the 2015 regular session of the Legislature, with the Senate and House of Delegates each passing versions of the repeal... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:45:34 EST The first days of the Legislature http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151515103/The-first-days-of-the-Legislature The excitement could be felt throughout the Capitol. Personally it reminded me of the buildup to our Championship basketball game my senior year of High School but bigger. We were about to embark on a new day, a historic change for the State of West... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:45:33 EST A matter of degrees http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151370619/A-matter-of-degrees Americans who go to college earn more money and are more likely to be employed than those who don't. These cold facts underlie President Obama's promising plan to offer a community college education at no cost to... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:45:32 EST Obama ignores reality in State of Union speech http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151494829/Obama-ignores-reality-in-State-of-Union-speech Watching President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I found myself wanting to move to whatever country he was talking about – it sure wasn't the United States. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:45:37 EST FTC should ensure consumers know risks of connected-home tech http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151370582/FTC-should-ensure-consumers-know-risks-of-connected-home-tech The idea of a connected home — one filled with smart devices that can communicate with one another and automate routine tasks — is no longer the stuff of “Jetsons” cartoons. With Internet-connected locks, lights, thermostats... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:45:36 EST The Untold Story http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151479989/The-Untold-Story The untold story will unfold when you stop struggling for control. Honestly, it is scary to relinquish control of our lives, especially to someone we can't see or touch. Yet, faith requires that we live one day at a time. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:15:55 EST Allocating magistrates http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151438817/Allocating-magistrates A study of West Virginia magistrate courts presented last week to the Legislature in Charleston proposed using technology and sharing magistrates across county lines as ways to streamline the system and save taxpayers money. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:15:53 EST Student college loans http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151438808/Student-college-loans As recent college graduates struggle with the burden of student loan debt, here's some news they can use:They're leaving money on the table. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:40:39 EST The Legislative session has begun http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151445328/The-Legislative-session-has-begun Greetings! I am quite pleased and honored to once again represent the wonderful citizens of the 22nd District. The Legislative Session has just recently begun and I am once again hard at work doing my best to represent your interests to the state of... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:40:31 EST Radiator Charlie and his Mortgage Lifter http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151447915/Radiator-Charlie-and-his-Mortgage-Lifter There is a “history” behind everything — it may be good, bad, or simply interesting. Unfortunately, too many things of historical significance fade away with time; therefore, it is good to preserve history, if not just for... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:45:31 EST President’s cutesy speech omitted looming entitlement crisis http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151426179/Presidents-cutesy-speech-omitted-looming-entitlement-crisis Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:10:31 EST West Virginia’s Medicaid expansion http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151370528/West-Virginias-Medicaid-expansion The public pays a high price for the rampant drug and alcohol abuse in our country. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:30:31 EST Latin America needs a new economic agenda http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151371280/Latin-America-needs-a-new-economic-agenda Economists have been predicting for several months that Latin America will have a so-so year in 2015, but new projections from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund suggest that it may be worse than originally... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:55:35 EST Federal protection laws for reporters remain essential http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151370474/Federal-protection-laws-for-reporters-remain-essential The Justice Department took two wise steps to strengthen protection for the news media last week, signaling — dare we hope? — a new and more enlightened view by the Obama administration of the rights of reporters to do their jobs without... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:55:34 EST Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151381813/Remembering-Dr.-Martin-Luther-King-Jr. Each January, we unite as communities, as a state and as a nation to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate his dream of equality for all. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:25:37 EST Displaced Syrian children are ripe for terrorist plucking http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/151370998/Displaced-Syrian-children-are-ripe-for-terrorist-plucking While Europeans worry about those who have gone to Syria to train with ISIS, millions of Syrian children are at risk of becoming terrorist recruits. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:25:35 EST