Special Needs Parenting (SNP): I did NOT sign up for this! C: You’re going to hit those people on the bridge and kill them. Aaaaahhh!
C: Is there a state where U-turns are legal? Can we move there so you won’t be breaking the law anymore?
C: Just admit it. You’re confused. You have no idea where we are. You’re lost. We’ll never find the highway and get home.
Then he came home, got out craft materials without asking, drew two poster-size pictures of traffic lights and taped them to the walls wit...
Jodi Hobbs-Saunders, Mother and home educator of two special needs childrenPoint Pleasant (Wv) Register
Author challenges community to rally for youth Dear Community Member:
The Gallia-Jackson Mentoring Project would like to challenge you to be part of the life of a child that needs you.
The Gallia-Jackson Mentoring Project was established in 1997 through Family Addiction Community Treatment Services, also known as FACTS/New Alternatives. Our goal is to provide youth a positive role model in their life. Since 1997, the project has successfully served the community and a large number of ...
Marijuana as medicine: Putting public health and safety first Marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration and study as any other potential medicine, under the standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Legalizing marijuana for medical use should not be decided by legislative or voter initiative.
Efforts to legalize marijuana as medicine in the United States have grown significantly in recent years. Approximately one-fourth of the states have passed legislation or ba...
How to fix distrust in government The latest New York Times/CBS News poll had bad news for Congress, whose support is down to single digits. But it had even worse news for the Republic. Americans’ distrust of government, the pollsters found, is “at its highest level ever.”
A lot of this ire is focused on Congress, which an overwhelming majority believe is incapable of acting on behalf of the nation as a whole, but it has come to take in all of Washington. The poll’s finding...
Former reporter mulls changes to newspaper biz I recall reading with some interest Stephanie Filson’s editorial a couple of weeks ago on changes taking place in the newspaper business, particularly the Ohio Valley Publishing Company newspapers.
Although it has only been a dozen or so years ago since I last worked for the newspaper, seeing all the changes that have taken place in the newspaper industry it seems like a lifetime ago. It wasn’t exactly the Stone Age – we did have computers ...
Bullying? Not on my watch! By Todd Patkin
FOXBORO, MA — Every few months, it seems, there’s another headline about the death of a child or teen as the result of bullying. That’s terrifying, and it’s also unacceptable. To some extent we expect to hear about economic woes, political strife, and natural disasters. We don’t expect to hear about the premature (and preventable) deaths of our young people. And we shouldn’t have to. According to Todd Patkin, it’s past time f...
Life-at-fertilization initiative has hope in Miss. JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A national effort to put abortion bans into state constitutions is looking for its first victory next month in Mississippi, where voters are being asked to approve an amendment declaring that life begins when a human egg is fertilized.
Supporters hope the so-called personhood initiative will succeed in a Bible Belt state that already has some of the nation’s toughest abortion regulations and only a single clinic where ...
By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated PressAssociated Press
Analysis: GOP contenders turn fire on each other By Charles Babington
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential candidates tore into each other as never before in their latest debate, mindful that voting starts within 11 weeks and many GOP voters remain up for grabs.
Mitt Romney emerged from the two-hour forum Tuesday night still the person to beat, but he was considerably scratched up on the issues of illegal immigration, health care and jobs.
The feisty faceof...
By Charles Babington Associated PressAssociated Press
How to moderate the power of lobbyists There is a fundamental question raised by lobbying of the Congress. It is this: Can we temper its excesses without destroying its usefulness as a valued component of the system?
There are roughly 13,000 registered lobbyists in Washington at the moment, and they spend huge sums of money on their work — $3.5 billion last year, according to the Center on Responsive Politics. This money goes into campaign contributions, independent election exp...
By Lee H. Hamilton Director of the Center on Congress, Indiana UniversityPoint Pleasant (Wv) Register
Is Mitt Romney ready for the world? If current polls are correct, Mitt Romney seems likely to become the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and the next president of the United States. Therefore, we should carefully examine his first major foreign and military policy address—delivered on October 7 at the Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina—and ponder the question: Is Mitt Romney ready for the world?
Romney began his speech with a heavy dose of fear. Iran, he warned, co...
By Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner Emeritus Professor of History State University of New York/AlbanyPoint Pleasant (Wv) Register
Focusing on jobs this fall With many people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, finding ways to spur job growth in Ohio and in our region continues to be my focus. A constituent recently called my office and inquired about what I am doing to increase job opportunities for my district. This is a highly pertinent question, and I decided to devote this column to answering it.
Our area’s economy has always been based on the use of local natural resources in...
By Rep. John Carey 87th House District, OhioPoint Pleasant (Wv) Register
Fix the broken bail bond system Every day in America, half a million people sit in local jails awaiting trial. They are there because they can’t afford to make bail. Two of every three of these people are charged with nonviolent offenses and are simply waiting to face their accusers.
Meanwhile, well-publicized and well-off defendants like former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn can make bail easily, no matter how high, and are released before court ...
iTunes great for Apple, but was it for music biz? NEW YORK (AP) — When Apple rolled out iTunes for the masses in the spring of 2003, the music industry was at a point of transition — and chaos.
Entering the new millennium, albums were enjoying blockbuster sales of several million units for its superstar artists, and profits were booming. Yet the threat of Napster and other forms of illegal downloading threatened to eviscerate those profits as many music fans were starting to get used to th...
By Nekesa Mumbi Moody AP Music WriterAssociated Press
Voices must be heard at prayer event Dear Editor,
Thanks to Alice Click’s recent warning, we are aware that our National Day of Prayer (NDP) is under attack.
The attacker, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is a self-described group of watchdog atheists and agnostics. The pack roams our nation, sniffing out and using advertising and lawsuits against Christian activities with their idea of separation of church and state.
Our NDP is nothing new. Its stepping stones are e...