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Let's add 'Wow' to W.Va.'s state motto
The motto for the State of West Virginia has long been "Wild and Wonderful, West Virginia." This is a great motto, but it can be improved by adding the word "Wow."
When I travel around the state, I'm often awestruck by its natural beauty and think to myself: "Wow." When I hear the water splashing at Kanawha Falls, I think "Wow." When I see the view from Hawks Nest, I say "Wow." When I gaze upon the New River Gorge, I say "Wow."
I know many of my family and friends feel the same way. For these reasons, the state should consider changing the motto to "Wild, Wonderful, Wow, West Virginia."
Israeli headline missed the mark
I take exception to your lead July 12 "Nation & World" article, "As deaths rise, no end seen to Israeli offensive." The headline, apparently taken from the first paragraph of The Associated Press story by Josef Federman, is unquestionably in error in characterizing events in Israel and Gaza.
In military operations, "offense" is the direct opposite of "defense." To call Israeli airstrikes against Hamas terrorists in Gaza an "offensive" is 180 degrees off the mark, and saying it was "a fierce military offensive" reflects a complete lack of knowledge or a total misunderstanding of events which precipitated action by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).
Rocket attacks on Israel by terrorists in Gaza have long been commonplace, and rarely get attention in our press unless an escalation prompts a response by the IDF. The last sentence of the article finally acknowledges that "Palestine militants have fired more than 600 rockets" into Israel in recent days. It was to this intense barrage that the IDF responded. To imply that the confrontation was initiated by Israel is patently false.
Your readers deserve facts as they assess the news, draw conclusions and formulate opinions. The Herald-Dispatch headlines should more accurately reflect events on which they are reporting.
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