THE Associated Press reported recently on the overuse of antibiotics, which most people agree is a national problem - until they get an infection.
The report showed West Virginia has the nation's highest rate of antibiotic prescription rates.
Once again, West Virginia topped a list of bad things.
The do-gooders blamed the usual suspects: diabetes, weight and heart disease.
The point of each of these news reports on these lists is that West Virginians should be ashamed of themselves for being tubs of lard.
I don't buy that.
True, we could eat better, exercise more and watch less TV.
But the quickest way to get West Virginia off the top of all these lists of Human Wrecks would be to build a Time Machine.
We are the third oldest state in the nation with a median age of 40.3 years.
Utah is the youngest state in the nation with a median age of 28.
It is hardly fair to compare the two. Send everyone in West Virginia back in time 12.3 years and then let's see who's healthier.
But we cannot turn back the clock, so we must live with numbers that show that West Virginia leads the nation in cancer death rate, while Utah is last.
When it comes to deaths from heart disease, West Virginia has the sixth highest rate, while Utah ranks 49th.
That is how it should be. We're old. They're young.
Of course, we hear the Grim Reaper gaining on us; we're closer to the end of our three score and 10.
With age comes wisdom, yes, but also bad knees.
People who walk with canes don't jump. Or jog. Or bicycle.