Logan Banner- RSS OPINION Feed http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:49:01 EST 1800 Something important happens every day http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/50075486/Something-important-happens-every-day Daily, I glance at the large calendar on the wall that looks down on my writing area. Last month it reminded me of Father's Day and my super father and father-in-law. Summer started on the 21st, days that may be hot and stormy. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Afghan’s recount http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/50075352/Afghans-recount The latest chapter in U.S. efforts to nation-build in Afghanistan is the attempt by Secretary of State John Kerry to salvage the country's presidential election. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why incumbents keep getting reelected http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/50054613/Why-incumbents-keep-getting-reelected It's no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members' standing with the American people at a historic... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Ukraine deserving support http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/50054709/Ukraine-deserving-support Ukraine's new leader is making progress in regaining control over eastern areas of the country that were seized by Russian-backed insurgents, but he's getting no help from the United States or the European Union. In fact, President Petro... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Remembering the ‘70s http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/50050545/Remembering-the-70s Technology has transformed our world tremendously. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that life is getting easier for most people. And, greatly due to modern medicine, life expectancy has increased significantly from around the turn of the... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The King Coal Highway http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/50050649/The-King-Coal-Highway U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia's six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Indictments must be piling up http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/336454/Indictments-must-be-piling-up All right, let's see how many readers agree with me. All of you? That's what I thought. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Israel’s heightened peril http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/310714/Israels-heightened-peril President Barack Obama has offered to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, a standard U.S. response to the periodic outbreak of violence from Gaza. But the current rocket fire from Gaza into Israel is different from past episodes, and the... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Toomey bill protects students from sexual predators http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/310844/Toomey-bill-protects-students-from-sexual-predators U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is pushing to get a bill passed before the new school year starts, hoping to reduce a growing number of students who have been abused by school employees. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST You Can Begin Again http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3915685/You-Can-Begin-Again Words shape us. When the doctor delivers the baby and announces to the parents, “It's a girl!” those words begin to shape their lives, and will for the next few decades. When a child hears repeatedly, “You'll never amount... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Obama’s nonpolluting firefighters http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3905641/Obamas-nonpolluting-firefighters The Obama Administration is asking Congress for more money to fight summer wildfires, especially in the dry West, but perhaps it could start by getting its own agencies off firefighters' backs. We're speaking of the Defense... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Joe’s true colors http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/3916851/Joes-true-colors Editor, Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The development of medicine in Logan County http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3911683/The-development-of-medicine-in-Logan-County Reprinted 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. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Obama and economic recovery http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3905483/Obama-and-economic-recovery President Barack Obama's political opponents doubtless won't take “yes” for an answer or acknowledge that his stewardship of the economy has been on track, but the June job figures are promising indeed. Some 288,000 jobs were... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A writer is a painter of words http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3905533/A-writer-is-a-painter-of-words One thing I've noticed over the years is that every person is a “story.” Just as rock 'n roll artist Rod Stewart sang “every picture tells a story”, I like to think every story paints a picture. Sometimes the... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Drug courts http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895297/Drug-courts The Marion County Adult Drug Court has only been operating for a few months, but you can count Circuit Court Judge Michael Aloi as a believer. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Sparks’ hearing appeared to feature him reaching for moral high ground http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3896337/Sparks-hearing-appeared-to-feature-him-reaching-for-moral-high-ground The sentencing of Michael Sparks, the former Mingo County prosecutor, did not draw nearly the crowd that appeared when ex-Judge Michael Thornsbury was sentenced. Sparks, who many argue is a decent man who landed in the wrong spot, was not nearly as... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Hiring freeze in state government http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895295/Hiring-freeze-in-state-government The West Virginia state government began its budget year last Tuesday with a small surplus of $40 million — less than 1 percent of its annual tax revenues — thanks only to dipping into its savings. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST God’s loves you http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895435/Gods-loves-you To me there is nothing quite like the early morning hours in the summertime. I thoroughly enjoy getting up early, getting a fresh cup of coffee, and going to sit on my back porch and listening to the birds as they sing. Their sweet melodies drift... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Crack cocaine resurgence http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/3895293/Crack-cocaine-resurgence A wave of crack cocaine in the mid-2000s helped drive violent crime rates in Huntington to levels not seen before or since. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST