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Editor’s note: The Register-Herald’s parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., has papers all over the United States. Each Friday, this space will be dedicated to what one of those papers thinks about the issues facing their communities.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Facts support notion there is strength in family ties, social responsibility
Posted: March 27, 2015

The greatest problem with modern fatherhood is that too many men are missing it.

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Christians must fight for country's morals and values
Posted: March 27, 2015

I have two articles I want to comment on that were published in The Register-Herald on Sunday, March 15.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Black lung
Posted: March 26, 2015

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., made his first floor speech this week and introduced his first resolution, both aimed at protecting black lung benefits for coal miners.

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Trying to get at the truth of Rainelle ticket
Posted: March 26, 2015

I am acknowledging my dissatisfaction with the Rainelle Police Department’s unjustified issuance of a speeding ticket through their school zone on Oct. 21, 2014. 

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'Recipe' article was missing an ingredient
Posted: March 26, 2015

I personally attended the West Virginia ProStart Hospitality Cup Competition at The Greenbrier due to the fact my grandson was participating. I first want to commend every young men and women students and their instructors that participated. It was quite impressive to see such fine and diligent work these students put into this event.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
State of opportunity
Posted: March 25, 2015

A report this week in The Register-Herald looked closely into manufacturing in West Virginia. What we found was a top-heavy representation of manufacturing businesses and jobs in the northern part of the state. Cabell County leads the way, and along with Wood, Kanawha, Monongalia and Putnam, accounts for 44 percent of the state’s manufacturing activities. The next five counties — Brooke, Berkeley, Marion, Wayne and Ohio — account for another 15 percent of manufacturing.

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'Wacko birds' ruling the roost in United States Senate
Posted: March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

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May is mental health awareness month
Posted: March 25, 2015

As the month of May will be mental health awareness, the issues of my letter are with our societies as they are today and with the issues of mental illness.

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Parent lays out school days plan
Posted: March 25, 2015

I am a parent of three and I am therefore concerned about my kids' education and the days they go and don't go to school. Besides the days they get out three hours early for teacher meetings because I am not sure how that exactly goes like one a month or one time every three months therefore I can not include them in my idea for school days to achieve the 180 required days. Anyway, here's my idea:

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Freedom from Religion Foundation strikes again
Posted: March 24, 2015

I read that the bullies from the Freedom from Religion Foundation struck again. Their latest victim was West Virginia’s Ravenswood Middle School, which was pressured to remove crosses from a beloved teacher’s memorial.

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Shades of gray
Posted: March 24, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a measure to overhaul West Virginia gun laws was the responsible course of action on an issue that creates passion among state residents no matter what their political leanings.

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Monday 03/23/2015
Hearing offers West Virginians a platform to make voices heard
Posted: March 23, 2015

In West Virginia, our electricity generation and economic success is closely linked to the health of the coal industry. Coal fuels our energy and manufacturing sectors, it keeps the lights on in our schools and hospitals, and it helps fund our state and local governments.

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Gus Douglass
Posted: March 23, 2015

Guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of The Register-Herald.

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Let's not talk; sometimes we just want to drink coffee
Posted: March 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — I’m standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be.

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Sunday 03/22/2015
On the run
Posted: March 22, 2015

Our recent reporting about the rise of heroin replacing pharmaceutical painkillers as the drug of choice among drug addicts in the region may have caused some in our community to just throw up their hands when it comes to cleaning up drugs in southern West Virginia.

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Where has leaders' common sense gone?
Posted: March 22, 2015

Where did common sense go when it comes to our state leaders?

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Saturday 03/21/2015
Thumbs
Posted: March 21, 2015

Thumbs up ... to AT&T for investing nearly $300 million in upgrades in West Virginia. The work on wireless and wired networks is intended to improve reliability, coverage, speed and performance. The projects included construction of 27 cell sites, 217 wireless network upgrades and expansion of the network and mobile Internet capacity.

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Thanks for sharing happiness, Pineville
Posted: March 21, 2015

Three cheers for dear old Pineville! A kiss from 365 days (and sometimes a leap year, hug) and the thing real and true! I hold my heart out to you, dear! Give us a cheer for strong men, women and children with an array of shovels — that either grimace or smile, but always shoulder arms those weapons of mass destruction and go to work.

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Prevailing wage is still the law for now
Posted: March 21, 2015

Now that the weather has shown some sign that spring may actually come, thousands of construction workers will be heading back to work on publicly funded projects. Don’t let anyone tell you your rate of pay has changed. It has not.

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Guess who survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Posted: March 21, 2015

They say history is written by the winners. Actually, it’s written by the ones who can remember it.

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Friday 03/20/2015
God's intervention may be Fayette children's one hope
Posted: March 20, 2015

Forty-two years ago Fayette County citizens passed a bond to build new schools. These eight schools were built in 1976 and 1977: Danese, Gauley Bridge, Valley and Scarbro elementaries and Fayetteville, Midland Trail, Oak Hill and Valley high schools.

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Complex problem
Posted: March 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: Guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of The Register-Herald.

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'Bumpy roads, take me home, ... W. Va., land of potholes'
Posted: March 20, 2015

Ask any local motorist and he’ll likely tell you: “The road to hell is paved with deep indentations.” We’re talking about potholes, the scourge of West Virginia vehicles this time of year.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
Please support worthy children's charities
Posted: March 19, 2015

All of us were babies and small children at one time. Most of us have children and grandchildren. There are only so many dollars to go around, but there are organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and WVU Children’s Hospital that could use donations to help babies and children who are in dire need of medical procedures.

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Reader protests two newspaper articles
Posted: March 19, 2015

I have two articles I want to comment on that were published in The Register-Herald on March 15.

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Higher education
Posted: March 19, 2015

It was with a great deal of satisfaction that we celebrated the graduation of David Hosler, the first to finish Valley College’s new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Let the Sun Shine
Posted: March 18, 2015

This week is “Sunshine Week,” and we’re not talking about the weather.

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Hillary & the Media: Act 2016
Posted: March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.

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New blood in Charleston is trying new things
Posted: March 18, 2015

A recent letter by a gentleman who visited Asheville, N.C., compared it to Beckley in several areas. There are interstates that run through each, airport access, federally managed recreation areas and even sea level. The main discernible difference, as mentioned by an event speaker was “Thank God there is no coal around Asheville.” 

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Good thinking
Posted: March 17, 2015

The response by the City of Beckley to last month’s snow event led many residents to voice their displeasure to The Register-Herald about the slow snow removal.

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See public information go into hiding? Complain about it!
Posted: March 17, 2015

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe – cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters – have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

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Good thinking
Posted: March 17, 2015

The response by the City of Beckley to last month’s snow event led many residents to voice their displeasure to The Register-Herald about the slow snow removal.

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See public information go into hiding? Complain about it!
Posted: March 17, 2015

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe — cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters — have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

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Monday 03/16/2015
God is giving people opportunity to repent
Posted: March 16, 2015

This letter is in reference to Lonnie Bailey’s article on Feb. 11, 15.

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Is anyone listening? Friend needs help
Posted: March 16, 2015

I’ve been told there is help for those not able to care for themselves any more. Well, where are they?

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Hillary Clinton's secret mess brings back bad memories
Posted: March 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated e-mail regulations while secretary of state.

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School days
Posted: March 16, 2015

Guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of The Register-Herald.

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Sunday 03/15/2015
What time is it? Let's leave our clocks alone
Posted: March 15, 2015

After two weeks of closings and delayed starts, we responded by setting our clocks ahead one hour. Tinkering with our clocks has no effect on how many hours of daylight we have. All those big floodlights on poles and barns switch on at dusk and off at dawn. 

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Pill mills vs. real help
Posted: March 15, 2015

The war against drug abuse in southern West Virginia is a series of daily battles pitting government, the medical establishment, law enforcement and regular folks who want what’s best for their communities against the tide of addiction.

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Saturday 03/14/2015
Best government disinfectant is sunshine, so celebrate FOIA
Posted: March 14, 2015

The Hillary Clinton not-just-yet-presidential campaign’s ill-timed Blackberrygate was perfectly timed to give the nation an example of how transparency in government often doesn’t work, which is the reason Sunshine Week exists.

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Thumbs
Posted: March 14, 2015

Thumbs down ... to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for signing a bill that reduces safety for coal miners. Opponents said and we agree that the new law reduces protection for our brave coal miners in a state that has defined deadly mine accidents.

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Friday 03/13/2015
Where are our taxes going? Move the snow
Posted: March 13, 2015

I went uptown this morning Feb. 23, and I could not believe all the snow still on the sidewalks. Don’t all the businesses pay taxes for such emergencies and all the residents also?

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Intriguing facts include several odd health statistics
Posted: March 13, 2015

Here are some facts that I found intriguing while researching other interesting topics:

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Another look
Posted: March 13, 2015

Editor’s note: The Register-Herald’s parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., has papers all over the United States. Each Friday, this space will be dedicated to what one of those papers thinks about the issues facing the nation.

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Anonymous snow shovelers get thanks
Posted: March 13, 2015

I am employed at MacArthur Wal-Mart, and after the big snow on Saturday, Feb. 21, I left my car at work until the roads would be better because I knew I would have trouble. 

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Had enough of those silly snow songs
Posted: March 12, 2015

This is not intended to offend the children or their parents, by no means, but I have had my fill of the little silly tunes being sung about school being canceled due to the weather via the Fayette County automated messaging system.

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Native Americans need help to finish memorial
Posted: March 12, 2015

Crazy Horse Memorial, not many people in this area have heard of it, but it’s located in South Dakota, not far from Mount Rushmore National Monument. 

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Caution ahead
Posted: March 12, 2015

Safety issues, and whether they pose an undue burden on West Virginia businesses, have occupied a great deal of lawmakers’ time during the present legislative session in Charleston.

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Ahead of the curve
Posted: March 11, 2015

A report Monday in The Register-Herald on the lack of qualified technology workers in West Virginia was repeated by President Obama a day later as he described similar problems across the country.

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