WHEELING – Earlier this month, my wife and I accompanied a group of homeschool students to Independence Hall in Wheeling where the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in two cases. The large convention hall on the third floor had been outfitted with a dais where the five justices could sit. In stark contrast with the 19th century decor, the room was filled with cameras, microphones and other telltale signs of 21st century technology. Over 200 students were in attendance.
WHEELING – From ancient times until the late 1800s, physicians believed in bloodletting as a treatment for all kinds of diseases. Doctors and scientists thought that blood carried what they called “humours” that got out of balance in sick people, and that pouring out some of the blood would balance them and cure the disease. Sometimes leeches were used. We know now that this thinking was wrong and that intentionally bleeding a patient usually hurts and can even kill.