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Pretending the audience is naked doesn't help

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It all began innocently enough. The call came on an icy morning in late winter. The caller asked if I would be willing to serve on a panel discussion for her organization.  More>>

CindySays™...

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Say what you want about the effectiveness of making solid commitments toward better health. We all struggle with staying on track and fighting the battle of the bulge. More>>

The publishing world catches up to technology trends

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When my friend David Peyton and I wrote our first computer book 30 years ago this summer, we kept a dirty little secret. More>>

Appalachian Studies Conference: An underutilized resource

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The 37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference was March 28-30 at Marshall University. More>>

Perceived motivation makes difference in drug law fight

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Both sides in this year's battle over a bill affecting the popular cold remedy of pseudoephedrine fought hard for the hearts and minds of West Virginia legislators. More>>

Environmental protection agency training raises questions

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Last month, the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency released a critical report on its information security practices. More>>

It's tough to demonstrate some skills during a cocktail party

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I have worked in journalism since I was in the ninth grade.  More>>

Summer shouldn't mean hunger for children

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As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. 


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Is something missing from your life?

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You know the feeling. That nagging voice that asks over and over again. More>>

Board games now surf the web

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Columnist Charlie Bowen offers a few websites that expand the playing options for one of his favorite games.  More>>

2014 legislative session good for working families

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When it comes to making good public policy, it is always important to remember that there are two things people really hate. More>>

Some progress for business made in 2014 session

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No one questions that the 2014 regular legislative session was one where unforeseen issues developed, major distractions occurred and the budget was constantly in the forefront. More>>

Nature can be a model for success in West Virginia

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Green building and issues of sustainability appear to be at a crossroads in West Virginia. More>>

Real estate in residence: 1031 exchanges can be tic tac dough

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It is ironic that I have just successfully completed a 1031 tax-deferred exchange, considering April is "that" season. Tax season — it affects us all. More>>

Odebrecht's corporate philosophy can help WV map the way

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David Peebles' keynote address at the Third Annual Marcellus to Manufacturing — M2M — Ethane Development Conference in Charleston recently was a masterpiece in subtlety and vision. More>>

CindySays™...

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We lead hectic lives. The last thing in the world we seem to have time for is ourselves, and it's not getting any easier. More>>

Lured by the sirens' song in a gigantic store

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When one shops as a kind of entertainment — and most of us do — we are destined to meet one of those glib sales reps who pitches his wares in huge stores. More>>

Bottom line: New River CTC has exciting plans for Nicholas Co.

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New River CTC has embarked on an exciting partnership with the Nicholas County Building Commission to construct a new 48,000 square-foot facility in the Glade Creek Business Park in Summersville. More>>

Live from the admissions front

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A college president's least favorite book title is "Silent Spring." More>>

Greater awareness needed for developmental (dis)abilities

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In our humble opinion, a healthier, more inclusive society is a better society. More>>

Don't risk a religious vision by defrosting the freezer

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It's time for spring cleaning. More>>

Caring for special needs requires special planning

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Individuals and families that have special planning needs must consider the implications of these factors in the development of their disability and estate plans. More>>

Plans look like Obamacare of real estate

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Top U.S. Senate Banking Committee members released plans this week to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a complicated apparatus disturbingly similar to Obamacare. More>>

MCHM leak crisis provides opportunity

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The Greater Kanawha Valley is experiencing the effects of its most catastrophic event in several generations. More>>

MAP TO PROSPERITY: Coal has a future in WV

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With the expansion of the natural gas industry and the electric utilities accelerating the retirement of coal-fired plants many feel that the phrase "Coal is West Virginia" is indicative of the past, not the future. More>>

More to the budget than meets the eye

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The governor's budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is a well-formulated plan that basically keeps state government functioning as normal. More>>

MAP TO PROSPERITY: Is West Virginia similar to other states?

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West Virginia is a rural, natural resource-rich state, with a mountainous topography. In many ways, West Virginia is similar to other rural states, but the comparison can only go so far. More>>

The righteous mind and a map to prosperity

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In the November issue of "Governing Magazine," John Buntin had an article titled "Think," in which he discussed several books of interest to public officials. More>>

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