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Onward and Awkward
Francis Church and Virginia O’Hanion are two names that most contemporary Americans would not immediately recognize. In September of 1897, these two people had a brief conversation through their local newspaper that, at the time, went mostly unnoticed. But, not entirely unnoticed, since a few readers of the day found it worthy of saving, and they pasted it into their scrapbooks. Although the entirety of their conversation took up less than 500...
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Andrea s legacy
How do I begin the story of Andrea Bailes? That’s the question I have wrestled with for weeks. Every time I sit down to write about her, I see the smiling face of a girl all too eager to speak; a girl whose mission in life was to spread laughter and joy to everyone she met. Though she is gone from this earth, she is still spreading joy and awareness through the legacy of her life. Andrea had a heart for serving others. She was always ready to ...
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Onward and Awkward
The topic today is stupidity, and it’s tempting to start out by classifying stupidity into two types, but I think we all know that there’s more varieties of stupid than ice cream flavors. If I were to categorize stupidity into two groups, however, I think I’d separate it into “randomly stupid” and “intentionally stupid.” Now here’s where I separate the two types of stupid from each other. Everyone falls victim to Random Stupidity. It comes at ...
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Op-Ed: Ohio S.B. 58 would undo renewable energy progress
Ohio Senate Bill 58 (S.B. 58) would undo progress made on current renewable energy and efficiency standards in Ohio. Background: Ohio Senate Bill 221 (S.B. 221), passed into law in 2008, established statewide renewable energy and efficiency improvements, including provisions that called for 12.5 percent of power generation from renewable sources by 2025, and a 22.2 percent cumulative electricity efficiency savings by 2025, with a 7 percent pea...
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Allen challenges Butlerâ s opinion on school standards
Jim [Butler], I recently read your editorial piece in my local newspaper in Mason, West Virginia. I am a school teacher that has spent numerous days over the last six months working with the new NextGen standards, and I just wanted to clarify some of the points you have made. I do not wish to show you disrespect, but I completely disagree with your arguments. First of all, you mention that “even the teachers that I have spoken to know little a...
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Local resident impressed with another Battle Days
Dear Editor, I would like to applaud the efforts of the Battle Days Memorial Committee for a wonderful weekend of educational fun and history for the citizens of Point Pleasant. I have been a resident of the city for many years now, and I have been to Battle Days many times. I am so amazed at the planning that went into the celebration and memorial of the battle and the new and different ways the event was portrayed to the general public. The ...
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Out-of-towners loved visit to Gallipolis
Dear Editor, My husband and I are truck drivers. We drove through your charming town this morning. I really enjoyed your beautiful flowers. We loved the little park in the middle of town along the river. What a wonderful place to just sit and read a book. We have traveled through hundreds of cities this year and Gallipolis Ohio takes first place. I hope to return to walk through your lovely town. Once again the flowers are awesome. Rhonda Till...
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America: Letâ s stop foreign aid
Isn’t it funny all those people working for the Federal Government out of work, and we see the news media covering all that every hour every day, but we see no one covering coal miners, power plant workers, railroad and river workers being put out of work by our own government. We see American programs being cut — food stamps, even Social Security, and yet we still have money for foreign aid to the tune of fifty billion each year. Americans, w...
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Reader: Letâ s speak to politicians with votes
Dear Editor, Why has the federal government ran out of money? What happens to Uncle Sam when he goes to the bank and the teller says, “Sorry Uncle Sam, there’s no money in your account.” What does this say to Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln and to all of us, the American people, who had saved, worked and fought, bled and died, to get all that we have today? I say to both Congress and the Senate, you are an insult, an injustice to the America...
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Help support Make a Difference Day
Make A Difference Day is an annual event, sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light, that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. Every year, millions of people participate worldwide and help to improve lives of millions others through volunteerism. We’ve all had a renewed spirit of pride in America since September 11, 2001, and Make a Difference Day is a great time to show it each year. We can accomplish a lot if we all work togethe...
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Recognizing teachers for their service
Waiting at the Post Office I saw a young man in military fatigues. He stood dignified, a picture perfect soldier. After conducting his business, he stepped to leave. As he walked past, an elderly woman stopped him, reached out her hand, looked him in the eye and said, “Thank you for your service.” It’s a sentiment that can never be expressed enough — gratitude to our service people whose career is to ensure the health and safety of our nation....
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Letâ s honor our visionaries by contributing to the vision
It’s been a difficult week for many across the tri-county area with the unexpected passing of a vibrant, young friend and colleague Lorie (Falls) Neal who served as the Executive Director of Gallia County Chamber of Commerce for the past 12 years. In the news business, we don’t have time to feel our emotions for very long. We have deadlines to meet. Stories to write. The news doesn’t slow down because we are angry, sad or frustrated with its n...
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A Labor Day salute to the staff at Rio
While teaching at the University of Rio Grande, I wrote this piece to honor the staff there. Today, as Professor Emeritus of Management, I try to contribute wherever I can. This tribute is really applicable to any organization. I hope to point out that every employee is important and a valuable member of the team; every worker makes a difference. When one person is absent or does not do his/her job and does not do the best s/he can, the entire...
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Celebrating National Assisted Living Week
To the Editor: National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will take place Sept. 8 – 14, 2013, and will feature the theme “Homemade Happiness.” The Area Agency on Aging 8 invites you — the community at large — to join in celebrating residents’ lives and thanking volunteers, family members and staff. Homemade Happiness celebrates the bond created by staff, residents and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes for residents. Often, fa...
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Youngs clarify water company service issue
To the Editor; We’re writing this letter to inform the public that the article published Aug. 21,2013 about the Tuppers Plains Water District was misleading. My wife and I have lived on Pomeroy Pike for almost 12 years. We have asked the Pomeroy Water Department many times to get the water pressure increased to our home. Our pressure was so low, we often lost pressure completely for a few minutes while taking a shower or the water would stop w...
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