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The Rahall Report

The notion that education should be available to all is a classically American ideal — one that George Washington espoused in his famous farewell address.Our Founding Fathers recognized education not just as an avenue to vocations for our citizens but also as a practical investment in ensuring the strength and longevity of the newly formed government and its guarantee of liberty.As Thomas Jefferson once put it in speaking to James Madison, “Above all things I...

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Gregory’s Web

It could, after all, have been worse.For example, Federal District Court Judge Thomas Johnston could have ordered disgraced former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury to spend the rest of his life in Hamlin.But the judge did not do that. Instead, he sentenced Thornsbury to 50 months in a federal facility. One of the locations the ex-judge apparently wanted considered was a minimum-security “camp” in Pensacola, Florida. Early this week, it seem...

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Let’s see how many readers agree with me

All right, let’s see how many readers agree with me. All of you? THAT’S what I thought.Oh … I was just thinking storage room at the Southern District federal building in Charleston must be getting pretty scarce. That observation comes after weeks have turned into months and the Feds still haven’t unveiled all the sealed indictments they have for Southern West Virginia officials.Regardless of the strategy in keeping the indictments secret (except, ...

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Boone court not doing anything ‘illegal’ when it comes to bonding

A recent story about the bonding procedures at the Boone County Courthouse used the words “illegal” in the title of the story.We feel this word is not accurate.The story said “illegal” bonding procedures in Boone County, allowing alleged criminals free from jail.Court documents indicated a woman using property to illegally post bond for four people in three counties all at the same time, and that she had a lien against her from a bank, ...

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Moving forward with justice reinvestment in West Virginia

The communities we live in are more than the places we put down roots, start a new business and watch our children grow up. They are places we call home - and they should be a place we feel comfortable and safe.For many years, protecting the public meant locking up more people and keeping them away from society and behind bars. Incarceration and long sentences were considered the only effective response to high crime rates, with little consideration for what happens while the perso...

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Gregory’s Web

Although the 2014 election cycle is not complete (except, perhaps, in Mingo County, where the nuns have declared there are no Republicans running), plans are already being formed for 2015 and 2016.An intriguing 2015 candidacy being discussed would be that of Democrat Delegate Meshea L. Poore for mayor of Charleston. Poore, who represents Kanawha County’s District 37 including much of the downtown Charleston area, gave attorney Nick Casey a real run for his money in the recent...

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A coal miner’s apology to today’s America

A little more than a year ago I retired from a 35-plus year career in coal mining. I was forced to retire a little early when a work-related injury resulted in a several fractured and compressed vertebrae in my back. Being a coal miner is not easy work and I was and am proud to be among the many who have worked in our nation’s coal mines – among those who literally built this country by mining the coal that was used to fire our industrial economy for the past 150 years.

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EPA’s proposed existing power plant rule blatantly illegal

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed one of the most onerous regulations in American history, which would mandate that states require existing coal-fired power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a staggering 30 percent in just 15 years.This proposed rule would have devastating consequences on America’s economy, and the West Virginia economy in particular. The rule would force existing power plants to close, will cause coal miners to lose the...

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Gregory’s Web

Thank goodness for Target. And Qdoba, Starbucks and any other business that has the good sense to ask patrons to leave their guns outside.Before Target announced their no-gun policy, I was in a local buffet restaurant. It was appalling to watch some old fellow in blue jeans and parade back and forth to the bar with a gun holstered to his belt.If he was a member of law enforcement, there was no visible sign. If he was not, as I suspect, he and management are both insane. ...

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