IN life, good things often come in little packages. In government, good things can come from obscure entities.
Few agencies are as obscure as the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission, which was created in 2009 by the Legislature in the aftermath of Gov. Joe Manchin's appointment of House Judiciary Chairwoman Carrie Webster, D-Kanawha, as a circuit judge to succeed Irene Berger, whom President Obama appointed to the federal bench.
Critics cited Webster's inexperience and at times questionable performance.
Commissioners are now considering a successor for Michael Thornsbury, who resigned in shame as the circuit judge for Mingo County. The 10 lawyers and businessmen include Harry Deitzler, who is president of the state Bar, state AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue and WVU Law School Dean Joyce McDonnell.
It's good to see 10 outstanding citizens who are willing to take the time to help in such a decision. May they give Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin good advice on whom to entrust with this high office.
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EVERY year, people complain that Christmas is coming too early. But Christmas arrived just in time this year for Devin Kohlman, 13, of Port Clinton, Ohio, located near Lake Erie.
Devin suffered a terminal case of brain cancer but he wanted a visit from Santa as a last wish.
Townsfolk arranged for such a meeting. They piled tons of shaved ice to make a snowdrift near the window of his bedroom. Santa arrived in a motorcycle while hundreds of people in holiday gear greeted him on Oct. 27.
They sang Christmas carols and made his wish come true.
He also received thousands of cards from as far away as France and Ireland. People donated toys and Teddy bears to him — all of which he in turn gave away.
It was a last hurrah for the lad as Devin later succumbed to his illness and died on Nov. 11.
The event recalls the Grinch, who at the end of his tale wondered, "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more."
As the people of Port Clinton showed, it does mean a little bit more.
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ON Wednesday, the White House announced that 174 West Virginians had signed up for Obamacare under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.