Freshman students at Oak Hill High this year did not adopt a dog. They adopted the New River Humane Society animal shelter.
To fulfill a requirement to perform 15 hours of community service, students are making blankets for the dogs at the shelter in a class taught by Tena Higginbotham.
"They need all the blankets they can get," Mary Shelton told the Register-Herald in Beckley.
"I brought the idea to Ms. Higg, and everybody in the class immediately said it was a great idea and what they wanted to do."
Requiring children to perform community service while in high school is a great idea that could lead to a lifetime of volunteering when they graduate. The students were not sure initially what they wanted to do. They found out first what the shelter needed and filled that need.
"If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have," President Obama told a joint session of Congress on prime-time television on Sept. 9, 2009.
That simply is not true. Millions of people are losing their health insurance because it does not meet some minimum standard promulgated by Washington bureaucrats.
Among the federal government's edicts is a requirement that insurance for 32-year-old single men, as well as 64-year old post-menopausal women, must carry maternity coverage.
The Democratic Party, which upended the insurance industry with this law, now blames the insurance industry for this massive failure.
Imagine the reaction if a Republican law cost millions of people their health insurance.
What America needs is a do over so that President Obama can deliver his promise of not forcing people to lose their health insurance.
President Obama's repeated statement about keeping one's health insurance has brought into question PolitiFact, a feature of the Tampa Bay Times, which won a Pulitzer Prize for fact-checking the 2008 presidential campaign.