IT'S often said that West Virginia is the only state created by the Civil War, but Nevada also might claim that title. Nevada was a frontier territory with fewer than 40,000 population, but it was fiercely against slavery and sent troops to fight against the Confederacy. As the 1864 election approached, President Lincoln desperately needed a new loyal state to support his re-election and back the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, so he expedited statehood. Nevada voters approved a constitution forbidding secession, and its 16,543 words were hastily telegraphed to Washington over a two-day period - the longest telegram ever sent at that time. With just eight days to spare before the election, Lincoln proclaimed the new state on Oct. 31, 1864, and Nevada voted overwhelmingly for him. One of its mottos is "Battle Born."
Writing in Israel National News, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of New Jersey said Republican Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election because too many Americans want "free stuff" from the government, meaning people-helping programs backed by Democrats. Well, shame on Americans for wanting paved roads, bridges, public schools, police and fire protection, mail delivery, safety inspections, courts, prisons, toxic pollution controls, military defense, Social Security, Medicare and all the other "free stuff" provided by government.
The Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram reported that teenage Zachary Sandy went to a church camp at Parkersburg and prayed for God to give him a personal testimony "that would blow their minds." The same day, the youth was struck by lightning on the camp ball field, severely injuring him. Now he intends to become a minister.