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While people and politicians like to talk about transforming the electricity grid from fossil fuels to renewable, the fact is that natural gas is the source of choice for new generation. Two reports published this week by S&P Global Market Intelligence, a business-focused news service, document that.

Searching, as we must, for the heart of our current social and political quandary - could it be tribalism, materialism, shallow thinking, greed, bigotry (fear of "the other")? - here is what we rarely consider: Our penchant for casting almost everything as a binary choice between left and right. Or between liberal and conservative.

Gov. Jim Justice gave his third State of the State speech Wednesday night. These annual speeches are the ceremonial kickoff to the 60-day legislative session, and Justice used it to outline his hopes for the session.

Life is filled with thoughts and ideas. Many spend their time trying to keep busy because they do not want to think about what God expects from them. The strategy is to live in a state of distraction so their conscience will never have the occasion to pause and ponder about the true meaning of life.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee claims that WVU is the economic engine for the state of West Virginia. If that is the case, perhaps a closer scrutiny of the performance of the individual at the wheel of that economic engine is in order.

I'm sure most readers are aware of the Battle of Blair Mountain that occurred in Logan County in 1921. Much has been written about the miners' march and the battle that ensued between Sheriff Don Chafin's forces and the coal miners. But have you heard about the "war" that was declared by the City of Logan the following year in 1922?

The Blue Ribbon Commission looking at changes to West Virginia's higher education system is considering a proposal to remove the cap on how much state-supported colleges and universities can increase tuition from year to year.

In the past year, as she celebrated her 100th birthday, the honors kept coming for Katherine Johnson.

West Virginia State University unveiled a statue of her at its campus in Institute. President Donald Trump recently signed a bill enacted by Congress renaming a NASA facility in Fairmont as the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility.

A brand new year, and I hope it will be filled with health and happiness for all of us! I realize there are many things that will happen this coming year and some of it might not be pleasant, but whatever may come, let us declare that we will obey the voice of our heavenly father and continue to dedicate our life to him.

With the threat of Senate conviction virtually non-existent, does the president really need to fear impeachment? Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides the criteria for impeachment: "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." But, given the tribal state of our politics, while the House might impeach, political reality holds the Senate will never convict.

The word of the day is "bellwether." A bellwether is one that leads or indicates trends; a trendsetter.

The term comes to us from the Middle English "bellewether." It refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram (a wether) leading the flock of sheep.

A brand new year is here, and I'm excited to see what the Lord has for us! Keeping Christ at the center of our thoughts takes a great deal of discipline and determination, but so does everything else we really care about. It comes down to how serious we are about knowing God and how willing we are to give him total control of our life.

West Virginians who own cars and pickup trucks dread two annual events. One is the payment of personal property taxes on their vehicles. It's like paying sales tax on your car every year, even if it's been paid off for years. That one tax can drive people to live in Ohio rather than here.

Congress has willingly ceded its constitutional mandate to the executive and judicial branches of government. The branch closest to the people no longer works for the people because the people no longer hold their legislative representatives accountable. However, it is difficult to blame a voter, who faced with a lack of palatable candidates, casts their ballot for the "lesser of two evils." The two major political parties benefit from this arrangement and consequently make it more difficult for independent and third party candidates to access ballots and appeal to voters.

Call me crazy or whatever you like, but when I view an older dwelling or a building in Logan, I wonder as to the history behind such structures and I desire to know the stories that may lie within. After all, people come and go in this world, leaving behind a legacy of some sort, be it the pauper or the rich man. However, as the years turn into decades, life ends and sometimes history can be forgotten or lost.

It's encouraging that the U.S. Department of Education says it is planning to fix a program that has done thousands of teachers wrong. But a big question remains: Will the department and the company it contracts with to manage the Teacher Education Assistance for Colleges and Higher Education Grant program fairly and efficiently make those corrections?

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, many people were preparing for a holiday dinner and looking forward to spending time with family and friends. That same day a 13-year-old Milwaukee girl, sitting in her bedroom, died from a bullet fired from the street into her house. When she was 11, that victim wrote a school essay on the problems of guns and violence.

I read with interest The Herald-Dispatch's recent editorial entitled "McConnell finally sees light on sentencing bill." Having spent more than six years in Kentucky, I had an opportunity to get to know the man who continues to lead the U.S. Senate, so I wanted to offer some insights.

Christ is called Emanuel, which means "God is with us," and we are so grateful that he came to save us.

Yes, we enjoy the Nativity and he was once a baby, but he's not a baby today. He was born, lived and was willing to be crucified because he loved us more than anything in the world.

An unauthorized, shall we say, visit to an inactive coal mine almost ended up badly for four people recently, but all made it out safely after relatives spent several days worrying about them.

With Christmas right around the corner, I was wondering just how many people really believe in Santa Claus. For me, to believe in God is to believe in Santa Claus, who, frankly, could be described as a "man-made" God.

The Daily Independent of Ashland published this editorial on Dec. 2 regarding expansion of gaming in Kentucky:

Today, we tackle expanded gaming in Kentucky. We do so after Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear called for expanding gaming to help fund Kentucky's pension crisis. Beshear said in a press release issued earlier that expanded gaming would "create a dedicated source of revenue for pensions so we don't have a pension battle each and every session."

Even though it rarely crosses our mind, there is always someone listening to what we are saying. Words are not just meaningless sounds but were created to communicate and most importantly to relay God's thoughts. They contain the power to influence and persuade the listener, which means those who speak are being held accountable for their intentions.

Apparently, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, finally decided he can't be an obstructionist all the time. Demonstrating that is his decision, as Republican majority leader of the U.S. Senate, to allow a vote on legislation that would overhaul the nation's federal sentencing laws - a bill that has been in the work for years but had been blocked from a vote by McConnell.

Have you ever experienced times when you were excited and filled with anticipation, but after it was over the expectation did not live up to the hype? It’s nothing to worry about because we all have our share of disappointments every now as this is just a normal part of life. Sometimes we even become sad and restless when life is going good, which may seem strange but we were never intended to live only by our emotions.

For many of us, the Christmas season is a magical time with moments of warm family togetherness. It is an occasion to be inspired by the birth of the baby Jesus in a lowly manger; and to reflect on fond memories of Christmas memories from yesteryear. Our joy becomes full, and our senses overflow by the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the festive holidays. As the popular Christmas song states, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Some of you probably already know that I have a fascination with clocks. No, not just any kind of clock, but what I shall call “town clocks.” I travel a great deal throughout West Virginia, and I can just about name every town or city in the state which features a town clock. To me, those clocks just seem to add a certain charm to every location. I wonder, though, how many people realize that over the years the city of Logan has had what can be described as town clocks. In fact, from old photographs I’ve seen of Logan, there have been at least three.

I’m sure that most of us have dreamed about accomplishing something but discovered that our goal was not going to be easy. Some individuals, maybe yourself, became so determined to succeed that nothing could prevent them from achieving their vision.

Back in 1988, E.D. Hirsch Jr., an English professor at the University of Virginia, published a landmark work titled "Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know." The study includes 5,000 names, phrases, dates and concepts Hirsch considered "essential knowledge."

West Virginia’s unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, the lowest recorded level in over a decade. Core industries such as timber, manufacturing and mining have experienced a 13.1 percent growth rate in the last two years. Tourism is expanding as more travelers make their way to our wild, wonderful state. Small businesses are forming at an incredible pace as consumers demand new travel experiences, unique goods that are handmade, homemade or rooted in history and Appalachian culture, as evidenced by one recent study that demonstrated traveler spending last year in West Virginia was 30 percent above the national average.