BECAUSE the Republican-controlled House of Representatives blocks hundreds of proposals, and the Democrat-controlled Senate won't accept right-wing House actions, Congress is nearly paralyzed. ABC News says Congress in 2013 "is poised to pass the fewest number of laws in 66 years." Mostly trifles are passed - such as a bill setting the size for National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins, and another naming an airport control tower for a longtime employee. No wonder public approval of Congress is only 9 percent.
A young American Indian wrote a novel about being bullied at a Native American reservation and also at a white high school. The book was used at Harpers Ferry Middle School - until a Puritanical mother complained that it contains profanity and sex. So it was removed. Does that count as being bullied all over again?
Bearing arms in West Virginia: In a domestic violence tragedy in May, Randy Dalton of Morgantown shot his girlfriend to death, then killed himself. The girlfriend's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit and won $1 million from the killer's estate.
As human life expectancy keeps rising, more and more oldsters suffer dementia. Alzheimer's Disease International says the number of elderly victims worldwide has climbed to an estimated 44 million - and the figure is projected to reach 135 million by 2050.If science cannot find a cure, the flood of impaired seniors will impose a heavy burden on families and societies