Greed used to be considered a bad thing, a vice. How often have we heard that line from St. Paul's epistle about the love of money being the root of all evil? How many times have parents and teachers reminded us of Aesop's fable about the dog that lost the bone he had while trying to snag another one from his reflection in a stream?
“My heavens!” was our reaction upon learning that a fifth grade boy and his guardian recently filed suit in Putnam Circuit Court against the Putnam County Board of Education for failing to prevent him from injuring his finger while playing football during recess on school grounds at Eastbrook Elementary School a year and a half ago.
It's like a murder mystery in which all the suspects are assembled in one room and the detective grills each of them in turn until he trips one up and has his killer. Each suspect had a motive, each an opportunity, and not one has an alibi. But there's an added twist this time: It turns out that all of the suspects conspired to commit the murder and collaborated in carrying it out. They're all guilty!
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.
Personnel is policy. If members of a public office holder's staff are not like-minded and supportive of his policies, they're not going to implement those policies. They may not resort to open rebellion, for fear of losing their positions, but they will not make energetic efforts to put policies they oppose in place.
Last year, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and other state AGs expressed concern that a rule on arbitration agreements proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “exceeds the CFPB's statutory authority and fails to advance consumer protection or the broader public interest [and] should be withdrawn.”
High school sports can be dangerous – especially high school football, which accounts for nearly half of severe sport injuries for teenagers. Knees, shoulders, and hands are the body parts adolescents most often injure on the gridiron, with fractures and ligament sprains being the most common types of injury. Head injuries are less often but can be more severe.