SEVERAL well-known names and voices were enshrined last weekend into the W. Va. Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Among them, the friendly face familiar to Charlestonians, Jack Kane of WOWK-TV.
And while public radio listeners might not recognize the face, they will surely recognize the slow, deliberate, well-articulated voice of Frank Stowers.
Stowers began his radio career at WHIS in Bluefield, worked at Union Carbide from 1956 till 1985, where he narrated company films, and has worked part time for West Virginia Public Radio since.
Congratulations to these contributors of community discourse.
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WRITERS at the liberal Daily Kos website were early and frequent supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But now that the law is taking effect, reality has smacked at least one Daily Kos writer between the eyes.
"My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly bill has been $168 this year, mine $150," Tirge Caps (a pseudonym) wrote.
"We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don't go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.
"Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife's rate is going to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284. I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any . . . penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?"
Conservatives warned America that this would happen, but were mocked by dismissive liberals.
Now the people who brushed aside conservative reservations are learning that they were correct.
Obamacare redistributes the cost of insurance from older people with higher risks to the young and healthy.
Oddly enough, the people hit hardest by Obamacare are the young people who most supported it.
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IF the showdown over the government shutdown hurt House Republicans, nobody bothered to tell West Virginians.
Jim Geraghty, the National Review's campaign expert, noted that Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is well ahead of Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in the polls in the early stages of next year's U.S. Senate race.
Geraghty also pointed out that Republican congressmen are doing well in the polls against incumbent Democratic senators in Arkansas and Louisiana.
"So the mess in Washington may be wrecking the GOP's image . . . but there's not yet much evidence that the muck is splashing onto those red state Senate challengers."
However, while her two colleagues are within the margin of error in their polls, the more moderate Capito is ahead by 17 points.
That reflects her less extreme views and the hard work she has put in fulfilling her congressional duties.