Measles. What’s the harm? All us old folks had them. Didn’t kill us and besides, there wasn’t a vaccine until 1963. Probably should just expose the kids to measles and keep them comfortable. That’s the view of at least some anti-vaccine activists within our community posting on Facebook. The…

Take a minute to look around your community during this busy holiday season. I would wager that no matter where you live in the Mountain State, you won’t have to look too far to see someone hurting — someone afflicted with some sort of mental illness or battling an addiction. They might be y…

Republicans no longer believe in democracy. Today it seems they prefer oligarchy, government by a despot supported by the ultra wealthy. Sure, the rich know best, just look at how well Russia runs.

Reuters reports, “Support for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren dropped nationally to its lowest level in four months, and nearly one in three potential Democratic primary voters say they do not know which candidate to pick with the first nominating contests less than t…

On June 17, 2015, Dylan Roof walked into the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, and sat with a group during Bible study. After approximately one-half hour, Roof pulled a pistol out of his backpack and killed nine church members, all of whom were African American. Roof was an a…

In 1988, a precocious 12 year old residing in the CCCP (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) composed a letter detailing her family composition, her community dynamics and her personal preferences. This was the first step in her strategy to connect with similarly aged young ladies from aroun…

Our democracy is certainly at risk. If the president is allowed to barter tax dollars to help win elections when will we ever have another non-corrupt election? This is why Capito and Manchin must vote to impeach Trump. If they do not their oath is worthless.

A racist remark about former first lady Michelle Obama by a nonprofit director. Homophobic and threatening comments from a state delegate. An anti-Islamic display at the Statehouse. And now, a photo of a graduating class of state correctional officers giving Nazi salutes.

As I sat in Boston on Friday morning, preparing to attend the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism Convention, I was reading the Charleston Gazette-Mail. I was greatly disturbed by two articles, one on the inappropriate picture of a Nazi salute by a class of West Virginia correctional o…

Progressives hope for an America where health care is a human right for everyone — and women’s right to choose remains secure — and gays are safe from cruelty — and people of all sorts are welcome equally in a multicultural society — and college is affordable without crushing debt — and mari…

I’d like to know when the last time was that the venter who complained about “special protections” because we are “all equal” was fired from a job for being heterosexual or denied an apartment rental because they’re white?

West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, recently wrote a piece in the Gazette-Mail which discussed the educational results from the National Assessment for Education Progress exams. Carmichael lamented over the educational data of West Virginia, claiming our low ranking o…

The Constitution provides that we are all created equal. If that is actually true then I believe it’s wrong to ever give anyone special protections because of who or what they are. When you give special treatment or protections to some we create a divide. We are either all equal or we are no…

This week, more than 160 troops from the West Virginia National Guard’s 157th Military Police Company, 771st Troop Command Battalion, were deployed to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they will spend most of the next year of their lives.

If your job is outsourced you might’ve been forced to take SNAP or other safety net help from the government. If you are a wealthy farmer like Jim Justice you might get a $125,000 welfare check from the government. Talk about a welfare queen.

Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat’s “Medicare for All” plan comes across as too radical — both the price and the part that would force over 150 million Americans off their employers’ private …

Hong Kong protesters displayed American flags. I think their trust in America as a defender of democracy is woefully misplaced nowadays.

Republicans aren’t “allowing Trump to destroy our government.” We are supporting President Trump trying to save it from the socialist Democrats.

In her diary entry for July 15, 1944, Anne Frank wrote words that would harrow and challenge generations not yet born: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

We all know that fresh water is essential for life. During recent decades, careless industrial usage, industrial agriculture and poor waste management caused significant damage to earth’s largest aquifers.

When our neighbors are safer, healthier and happier, so are we. Similar to proving a negative, Covenant House’s crucial work of prevention is often invisible, yet no less important — and perhaps the most meaningful of all.

Editor’s note: This is the fourth piece in a series by Larry L. Rowe on the history of slavery and the salt industry in the Kanawha Valley before the Civil War, and Booker T. Washington’s boyhood heroes after the war.

FUNERALS TODAY DECEMBER 10, 2019

Boner, James - 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Church, Alice - 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Daniels Sr., Richard - 1 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Gregory, Esley - 7 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Oldaker Sr., Joshua - 1 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Richardson, Emma - 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Settle, Thomas - 5:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Albans.

Smith, Alma - 1 p.m., Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

White, Bob - 7 p.m., Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.