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The Problem with Social Media

The Problem with Social MediaFacebook and other forms of social media have some good things about them.  It is a way to see photos of nieces, nephews and children of friends and a way to keep up with the community. WTRF and WTOV Facebook pages provide "breaking news," and many worthwhile charities and other organizations can promote their causes. That is all good.

Basic Needs and Dotted Lines

Basic Needs and Dotted Lines

As of late, I have been thinking about different ways that we sign away our freedoms every day to more easily participate in the modern world.  Depending on the need, some would say we forcibly give away these rights to participate.  Though I am conscious in some small way of doing this, am I knowingly and voluntarily signing these waivers and generalized terms and agreements?  Whether it be software I need in the office to efficiently complete my work, to my own spare time where, as a relatively newly married person, I find myself making decisions like, “Should I save up and buy the new washer and dryer outright or should I sign a seemingly beneficial lease agreement?”  After all, my clothes need to be washed now and there is seemingly as much of an investment of time and money to fill my car with gas and take my clothes to the laundromat over the time it will take to save the money. 

My Plea to Punxsutawney Phil

My Plea to Punxsutawney Phil

I send you this urgent letter as my personal plea for your last minute assistance in hopes that you can make a difference. When you emerge from your cozy little den on Thursday, please stay and have some breakfast. No need to rush back into that hole. You seem to have an overly one-sided record of seeing your shadow and running away. Let’s change those statistics, starting this year.

Fish Creek Blackwater Spill - What You Need to Know

Fish Creek Blackwater Spill - What You Need to Know

On January 20, 2017, Fish Creek experienced an infiltration of “blackwater” or “slurry” from seeping of the Connor Run impoundment in Marshall County. This infiltration was significant enough to mobilize officials from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to on scene of a slurry release. And while the event itself was widely reported in the news media, I found no discussion at all on the nature of this “blackwater” or the Conner Run impoundment.

Give Them A Call

Give Them A CallWhile a rant about politics on social media can fulfill our need for instant gratification, doing so is unlikely to get the attention of the people who really have the power to make a difference. Most of our congressional representatives have a variety of ways we can contact them – from forms on their websites to email addresses, from telephones in both Washington, D.C. and their home offices.

It is tempting to use email and electronic contact forms, because this is something easy to do at any spare moment. Picking up the phone can feel a bit more daunting.

A Plea for Help for Clay County Humane Association

A Plea for Help for  Clay County Humane Association

My friend, Mary Ann, who works for KEY Animal Hospital in Wheeling, is trying to help Marna, who runs the Clay County (W.Va.) Humane Association, Inc.., a non-profit, no-kill animal refuge. Marna does not receive financial assistance from the county. She and her daughter keep the animals at their place of business or at their homes. They are in desperate need of help to feed and house the animals for which they care.

What's on the Telly

What's on the Telly

I’m not ashamed of it. I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud: I love watching English television! I grew up in the ‘70s watching Doctor Who. We didn’t have BBC America back then. I had to catch when I could on the local PBS station. I was hooked--really hooked. The idea of a quirky alien with an English accent flying through the galaxy in a blue police box was fascinating to me. Yes, the special effects were hokey, but the stories were fun and exciting, and if you listened closely there was plenty of social commentary. The show was discontinued in the mid-‘80s, but was revised 10 years ago in an effort to reach out to a whole new generation. I confess that I’m still a Doctor Who junkie and I always will be.

PRESIDENTIAL PARDON POWER

The U.S. Constitution provides, “[t]he President . . . shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” Article II, Section 2, Clause 1. This sweeping presidential power authorizes the President of the United States to exercise leniency towards persons who have committed federal crimes. Under the Constitution, only federal criminal convictions may be pardoned by the President; he cannot pardon a state criminal offense. The power extends to both commutation of a sentence as well as pardon.

Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Did you know that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are only good for seven to 10 years? Yes, you need to make sure you replace the batteries yearly, but you also need to replace all detectors that are 10 years old. To determine the age of your smoke alarm, you can look at the back and you will find the manufacture date. Even if you have hardwired detectors, they also need to be replaced 10 years from the manufacture date.

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Winning Experience: Read about our Appellate Decisions, as well as our Verdicts and Settlements.

Recent cases: Kilgore v. Bedi, (Ohio County, West Virginia, 2013) - Medical Malpractice, Personal Injuries - nearly $900,000 Verdict

-- Turkoly v. Gentile et al., Verdict, $5,100,000.00(Medical Malpractice, Mahoning County, Ohio, 2013) -- Cox v. Personal Service Insurance Company, (Belmont County, Ohio, 2012) - Bad Faith Insurance Practices - $10,000,000.00 Verdict;