The 2014 midterm elections will be remembered for creating a new balance of power in Washington.
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Voice of the people
As people in the Huntington area wrestle with ways to curb the drug epidemic that has killed so many over the last decade, a stark reminder about the problem's pervasiveness and widespread effects resurfaced recently. It had to do with the impact on newborns exposed to harmful substances while in their mothers' wombs and the lasting consequences that exposure can have on their lives.
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, among other things, that no person may be deprived of "property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
November 2016 is 18 months away, but the race to become the next governor of West Virginia is already underway.
This week, billionaire businessman Jim Justice joined state Sen. Jeff Kessler as a declared candidate for the Democratic nomination. State Senate President Bill Cole, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and U.S. Rep. David McKinley are all exploring a run for the Republican nomination.
Class-act athlete will be missed
Rarely has someone so prominent in our community passed on with so little attention. Most likely it's due to his quiet demeanor. I'm speaking, of course, of "Corky" Perry, who was a lifetime runner and a symbol of fitness.
I'm not big on quoting George Will, but here comes "Apostle Mike, determined to save Christian America." Mike Huckabee's campaign "will reveal how much embarrassment can emanate from one small town." For folks who don't get the allusion, Mike Huckabee is from Hope, Arkansas, the same place as former President Bill Clinton.
A new report indicates West Virginia is bucking the national trend in regard to restoring state funding for its public universities and colleges. That's a direction that doesn't bode well for people who may be considering higher education in the Mountain State or for the development of a better-educated workforce.
All should strive to be helpful citizens
Across the world we have earthquakes, volcanoes, huge storms, ISIS killing people by the thousands, warships off the coast of Iran. And what are we worrying about? Well, some of us are. The black-and-white issue.