Memories of August 28, 1963

Memories of August 28, 1963

Aug 25, 2013

Fifty years ago! Wow, it’s hard to believe….. In August of 1963 I was a young, naive 20 year old from West Virginia who had moved to Washington, DC to work for the Federal Government.  This in itself was fairly common.  The government often came to small towns to recruit workers (hard to imagine now!) to fill the many vacant positions in the...

The Trayvon Martin Verdict:WWB

The Trayvon Martin Verdict:WWB

Jul 14, 2013

As most of us who are used to racial injustices expected, George Zimmerman was acquitted in the slaying of Trayvon Martin.  In March 2012 I wrote a Rant about this case, referring specifically to the “Stand Your Ground” law (the Castle Doctrine in many states – including WV).  I received many comments, some supporting and many against.  As...

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Jul 5, 2013

I am constantly seeing articles that say “10 Best Cities to Live”, “10 Happiest States”, “10 Most Affordable Cities”, “10 Best Cities for Finding Employment”, “10 Best Educated Cities”, blah, blah, blah.     During lunch with some friends the other day, we talked about this.  (First let me add...

More concealed weapons…

More concealed weapons…

Jan 8, 2013

Is it any wonder that when I picked up our local rag on Friday, I see that in December 2012 another 69 people have gotten concealed weapon permits in Greenbrier County?  As you might remember from a previous post, in November 49 people got CWPs.  Now I read this. On January 8, 2013 the West Virginia State Police issued this statement: On January 7, 2012 at...

(Another) Aurora, Colorado: Why?

(Another) Aurora, Colorado: Why?

Dec 21, 2012

Note:   This is a repost from July 22, 2012.  At the time it was written, I never expected this would happen in an elementary school and 26 kids and their teachers would be lost to another senseless act of gun violence.  Hopefully, we learn from Newtown that this cannot continue.    Call your legislators, your Senator (listen carefully to Joe Manchin...

A Letter to Obama:One of our greatest presidents?

A Letter to Obama:One of our greatest presidents?

Nov 11, 2012

Dear Mr. President: Congratulations!  The people spoke.  You are our president for the next four years.  So, what should your agenda be now?  Here’s my take (in no particular order): 1.  Strengthen Obamacare by working out the kinks. 2.  Reject the Keystone pipeline. 3.   Decriminalize marijuana.  Or legalize it and then tax it (we need more...

To The Voters of West Virginia

To The Voters of West Virginia

Oct 23, 2012

Written by Paul Detch, Staff Writer for The Democratic Connection.  Reprinted with his permission. “This election may be one of the most important in our lifetime.  Wealthy individuals and  big corporations can now pour unlimited money into political campaigns.  Attack ads can and do distort the truth. The rich and powerful can use such diversions as...

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