Technology related to phones has made remarkable strides over the past couple of decades. An estimated 60 percent or so of Americans now have smart phones that are essentially mini-computers they can carry around all the time. Factoring in less sophisticated models, more than 90 percent have cellphones.
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West Virginia is accustomed to coming up on the wrong end of national rankings on health, education and income.
Voice of the people
Last Thursday, five members of our military were viciously attacked by yet another Islamic extremist, this time on American soil. It should never have been allowed to happen.
Pluto reminds us of greater picture
In the last few days, the NASA New Horizons spacecraft, after a near-decade journey, is in "eye-shot" of Pluto, some 4.6 billion miles from our earth. Pluto is our most distant planet (demoted in 2006 as a non-planet, a "dwarf," to much outcry). I grew up with nine planets in our solar system - hard to deal with just eight !
The challenges faced by West Virginia have long been known, and most of us do not need a reminder about what they are.
When Luther and Patricia Shaffer of Charleston were killed in a highway crash near Lesage earlier this month, it confirmed some residents' fears about that stretch of W.Va. 2.
There are many traditional work patterns, but sometimes the world changes, making it necessary to re-evaluate familiar patterns. For West Virginia, coal has been a traditional livelihood for generations.
It is encouraging to see organizers of the Huntington Classic Regatta, which kicks off this weekend, rebuilding that excitement for this year's event. The most recent regatta incarnation is in its fifth year and will feature a carnival, food vendors, a petting zoo and live music and a new level of powerboat racing.