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In 1862, Antietam images gave first glimpse at war

The image may be hard to decipher at first, but squint a little and the crumpled, lifeless bodies of Confederate soldiers materialize. The bodies twist and melt into each other, eventually blurring out. It’s difficult to tell if the line ends or is swallowed up by the ominous black shadows in the distance. Two dark, […]

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W.Va. business climate needs a change

An article in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch about a week ago proclaimed a milestone for the Toyota engine and transmission plant in Buffalo — it had produced its 10 millionth power train, the first plant outside of Japan to reach that milestone. The event was attended by some heavyweights, including the honorary chairman of Toyota, Shoichiro […]

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Shareholders deserve a voice in political spending

A battle of major consequence for American democracy is slowly unfolding behind closed doors at the Securities Exchange Commission. A proposal sent to the SEC by a group of law professors would give the shareholders of publicly traded corporations the right to know how their invested funds are being put to political use. The immediate […]

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Expanding Medicaid in W.Va. has already cost money

West Virginia finally decided last Thursday that it will expand its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the announcement during a news conference in Charleston as West Virginia became the final state in the nation to make its decision. Twenty states and the District of Columbia had already […]

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Aging is the unavoidable journey

It’s May Day as I write this. It is a perfect first day of May, with bright sun, but not too hot. It’s the sort of day that makes you feel young. I am wearing my Helen Wikowski Australian knotted raffia sun hat with the rolled brim. (Of course I can’t afford a hat like […]

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This spring, berries take the cake

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How to kill an economy

Sometimes a statistic seems obviously wrong and even absurd. It’s duly put on some back shelf of the mind where, if we had a choice, it would be forgotten. But, memories are not chosen and it’s a good thing because sometimes we begin to notice events occurring that the statistic would have predicted. And earlier […]

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The U.N. has its own agenda and it’s not yours

Most people have never heard of a United Nations initiative called Agenda 21. The result of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro, the initiative was signed by 178 countries including the United States. Wikipedia calls it “an action agenda for the U.N., other multilateral organizations, and […]

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Promises made, promises kept in 100 days

Last year, I made an ambitious promise to the people of West Virginia. Some thought it was crazy, others thought it was impossible. But I pledged to accomplish 17 specific goals to advance ethics reforms, promote freedom, begin the process of taking on the federal government and improve the state’s business climate in my first […]

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Audit: DHHR is a ‘train wreck’

A newspaper headline about the most recent study of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources described the problems of the agency as “an unfolding train wreck.” And a recently released audit suggests a possible annual gain in new revenue for the state of $56.7 million is possible with a combination of potential […]

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