Logan Banner- RSS OPINION Feed http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION http://loganbanner.com/section/OPINION Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:06:22 EST 1800 Torturing Obama’s legacy http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150908052/Torturing-Obamas-legacy Is the president wavering on his opposition to “enhanced interrogation”? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:30:03 EST Senate President Bill Cole http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150884723/Senate-President-Bill-Cole It is official. Mercer County's own Bill Cole will be the new West Virginia Senate President, as well as lieutenant governor, come Jan. 14. Cole, a well-known Mercer County businessman also will hold the unique distinction of becoming the first... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:29:06 EST The Season for Mindless Consumerism http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150882713/The-Season-for-Mindless-Consumerism I love giving gifts when they're from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they're things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:44:03 EST Violent speech on Facebook http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150828211/Violent-speech-on-Facebook The United States protects free expression to a far greater extent than other liberal democracies. But even many free-speech advocates are uneasy about a case argued in the Supreme Court this week involving a Pennsylvania man who took to Facebook to... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:18:02 EST We don’t have to be afraid http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150873681/We-dont-have-to-be-afraid Living in a world where apparently anything goes, where one behavior is as good as another, at least so far as many people see it, leaves us wondering if there are any absolutes left in the world. Is one lifestyle, one behavior, really as good as any... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:21:02 EST W.Va. judge errs with gag order in Blankenship fraud case http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150827978/W.Va.-judge-errs-with-gag-order-in-Blankenship-fraud-case Four years ago, a buildup of methane gas and coal dust exploded in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine, killing 29 workers in the deadliest American coal mine disaster in 40 years. The mine was owned by the Massey Energy Co., led by CEO Don... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:36:04 EST STEM success in the Mountain State http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150853471/STEM-success-in-the-Mountain-State Across West Virginia, our young people are aiming for greatness. Whether choosing a career path requiring a two-year degree from one of our state's community and technical colleges or a four year degree at one of our colleges and universities,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:18:03 EST Look up, Americans, it’s not as bad as you think http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150839310/Look-up-Americans-its-not-as-bad-as-you-think We are one glum country. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:45:08 EST Gun sales http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150779209/Gun-sales With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday now behind us, holiday spending has kicked into high gear. Toys, electronics, apparel and a host of other items are selling at higher rates than at most any other time of the... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:45:06 EST Bipartisan support http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150779205/Bipartisan-support The new ethics panel recently created by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has come back with a number of meaningful suggestions that merit full consideration and debate among lawmakers. The commission is recommending in its interim report that state... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:45:05 EST The case of ‘whispering in church’ http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150814643/The-case-of-whispering-in-church As a young boy growing up, I attended my community's Church of God, primarily because the church was close to where I lived, and because I had friends that also went to the same church. I later was a regular member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:45:04 EST Thank You to West Virginia http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150802724/Thank-You-to-West-Virginia West Virginians are instinctively hard working, unconditionally loyal, and fiercely proud. When I first moved to Emmons, West Virginia, a small coal mining community, in 1964, I immediately recognized this isn't a boastful kind of pride. It is... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:05:05 EST W.VA Judicial hellhole http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150779201/W.VA-Judicial-hellhole The state of West Virginia has for five years made the American Tort Reform Foundation's list of “judicial hellholes.” Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:05:02 EST Christmas Peace, an inkling of what will come http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150787638/Christmas-Peace-an-inkling-of-what-will-come I wish to say to you all – Merry Christmas! I wish you PEACE.In many Christian traditions, we celebrate Advent – the coming of Jesus Christ. One of the weeks of Advent is devoted to Peace. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:58:07 EST Giving an important aspect of holidays http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150716745/Giving-an-important-aspect-of-holidays Now that the most frenzied early portion of the shopping crowd has been sated, store clerks can catch their breath, and the rest of us might want to take a moment to truly mind the season, to ponder the meaning of yuletide, and of... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:49:05 EST Ideals are peaceful, history is violent http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/150779472/Ideals-are-peaceful-history-is-violent Editor, Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:49:04 EST Eric Garner decision defies belief http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150765480/Eric-Garner-decision-defies-belief What happened Wednesday is incomprehensible. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 02:57:07 EST A Prescription for Better Health http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150765399/A-Prescription-for-Better-Health Here's a typical scene in any American checkup: The doctor walks in to find the patient sitting on the table. “Well, your cholesterol is too high,” the doctor tells the patient. “I can prescribe something for it, but the real... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 02:57:08 EST My deepest apologies http://loganbanner.com/news/letters/150770051/My-deepest-apologies Editor,We both know who this is to.I hope you can find it in your heart to accept my deepest apologies and gratitude. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:06:03 EST Support our returning veterans http://loganbanner.com/news/opinion/150760100/Support-our-returning-veterans As West Virginia's military men and women return home from serving across the country and around the world, West Virginians stand together to welcome them with open arms and warm hearts. We all want to do everything we can to support those who... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 04:19:03 EST