Monthly Archives: August 2014

Warning–this may be depressing

I keep coming to the conclusion that we have reached the point of no return. The earth is being destroyed and that can only be done once. Most of the damage can’t be restored or repaired. Species can’t be revived … Continue reading

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Four Letter Words

Four Letter Words “We will cease to be so angry once we cease to be so hopeful. – Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy Alain de Botton’s take on Montaigne is worth the price. He quotes Montaigne: “Upon the … Continue reading

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CLASS WARFARE by Perry Mann

CLASS WARFARE In Tucker County for centuries there grew a white oak. Its girth reached whatever in feet it takes to encompass a diameter of 13 feet. In 1913 this miracle of nature, more wonderful than a cathedral or a … Continue reading

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THE WHY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by Perry Mann

THE WHY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR “William H. Buffington told the crowd that the war was inevitable due in part to the ‘Puritanic, intolerant sentiment of New England’ being ‘incompatible with the brave and generous spirit of the Cavaliers … Continue reading

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Worker’s Concentration Camp by Julian Martin

A Workers Concentration Camp West Virginia has always been a sort of worker’s concentration camp. Big-city folks from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, owned and still own most of the minerals under the land. Desperately poor people were brought in to … Continue reading

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“ORDERED LIBERTY UNDER GOD” by Perry Mann

“ORDERED LIBERTY UNDER GOD” 6-3-03 “Church and State,” published by “Americans United for Separation of Church and State,” informs the reader that Gary Bauer, erstwhile presidential candidate and former president of the Family Research Council, opined when addressing the Council: … Continue reading

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A BIOLOGICAL TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT by Perry Mann

A BIOLOGICAL TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT The announcement that a Massachusetts company has cloned a six-celled human embryo has given rise to a number of voices denouncing the procedure. Some lawmakers, the Vatican and George W. Bush have, among others, … Continue reading

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HOMOSEXUALITY: CHANCE OR CHOICE by Perry Mann

HOMOSEXUALITY: CHANCE OR CHOICE Teresa J. McCormick of Cross Lanes declares that the media and gay activists perpetrate the popular myth that “homosexuality isn’t a choice due to genetic disposition”—that is, homosexuality is not genetic—and that the myth “has permeated … Continue reading

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DOUBT BUT IS NOT DOUBT by Perry Mann

DOUBT BUT IS NOT DOUBT 12-23-05 Victor Urecki is a rabbi. He was invited to a panel discussion at a Presbyterian church and he anticipated this question: “Why is there so much violence in this world caused by religious fanaticism?” … Continue reading

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CHURCHES, CIGARETTES AND CHILDREN by Perry Mann

CHURCHES, CIGARETTES AND CHILDREN A lawyer for Catholic institutions writes a piece dedicated to tuition vouchers. He finds no end of reasons and arguments for vouchers, including that they “have liberated thousands of poor families from bad public schools;” that … Continue reading

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