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Editorial: Dr. Semmelweis’ climate

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865) was a tragic hero of medicine. Before the germ theory of disease arose, he saw that handwashing by doctors and nurses and disinfection of instruments greatly reduced deadly infections among new mothers at his maternity...

Editorial: Dr. Semmelweis’ climate

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865) was a tragic hero of medicine. Before the germ theory of disease arose, he saw that handwashing by doctors and nurses and disinfection of instruments greatly reduced deadly infections among new mothers at his maternity ...

Editorial: Cheer up the dark

Today is the year’s shortest day for the Northern Hemisphere. At 6:03 p.m., Earth will reach the point in its orbit when the 23.5-degree tilt of the planet’s axis leans farthest away from the sun. Thus our “top” half of the ...

Editorial: Future belongs to the young, secular, if they vote

America’s culture never stops evolving on many, many fronts. Trying to guess what’s coming is the specialty of experts called “futurists” — but even they can’t predict with certainty.

Here’s a...

Editorial: Stephen J. Kopp, 1951-2014

The sudden death of Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp on Wednesday stunned and saddened those who knew him.

Kopp had been president of Marshall since 2005, and during that time, the university prospered and grew.

During his...

Editorial: Atrocity in Pakistan and modern ‘war’

Civilization seems to have entered a new era: Full-scale war between nations has almost disappeared. Now the world’s worst danger comes from tiny hidden cliques of murderous fanatics.

Tuesday’s hideous massacre of schoolchildren in ...

Editorial: Conservation-minded about water

Can you imagine a day when the Kanawha River is again clean enough to drink? Apparently state lawmakers can. Members of the Joint Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee on Monday approved a proposal from the state Department of Environmental...

Editorial: America’s destructive divide

The United States is becoming somewhat like a Latin American oligarchy, with a tiny wealthy elite living like kings, while everyone else slips downward. That’s the theme of a new book, Losing Our Way, by former New York Times columnist Bob...

Editorial: Reaction

After the revelations this week that Americans, desperate to prevent more terrorist attacks after Sept. 11, 2001, used “enhanced interrogation techniques” that were more brutal and more extensive than previously known, an old Molly Ivins ...

Daily Mail: Short takes – Dec. 13, 2014

After three decades of representing West Virginia, Sen. Jay Rockefeller has been publicly exiting the national stage, while also going through the personal act of saying goodbye to his friends and colleagues.

He’s a thoughtful person, and ...

Daily Mail: Hats off – Dec. 13, 2014

Dec. 13 is “Hot Rod” Hundley Day in the city of Charleston. Rodney Clark Hundley, born in Charleston in 1934, was the LeBron James and Kobe Bryant of his day, only a whole lot more fun to watch on the basketball court.

A supreme...

Editorial: Other ‘victims’ of torture program

Detainees, both guilty terrorists and innocent people, were not the only victims of America’s torture program. The report released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee also reveals an alarming tendency of the CIA to keep relevant...

Guns in airports

Patricia Stewart of Scott Depot tried to carry a .380 caliber handgun loaded with seven rounds, including one in the chamber, onto a flight to Atlanta at Yeager Airport on Wednesday. TSA officers stopped her. Yeager Airport Police confiscated the gun, ...

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