Last month West Virginia voters sent a message for change, seating a Republican legislative majority for the first time in 80 years. Candidates on both sides of the aisle ran big on jobs. Candidates that campaigned on staunch opposition to the EPA's efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change resonated with voters that believe that the President and his supporters have waged a war on coal, and voters resoundingly placed their trust in the Republican Party this election season to honor their campaign promises of retaining and adding good jobs here in West Virginia. When it comes to a good job, I think we can all agree that, at a minimum, a good job has to be a safe job. The real job creators, the ones worth voting for, understand this and fight hard to uphold laws designed to ensure a safe working environment. One of the many things that makes me proud to be a West Virginian is the way West Virginia has historically stood up for workplace safety. Among the most important ways West Virginia has helped protect its workforce is by enacting W.Va. Code § 23-4-2 , which allows a jury to determine the value of the harms and losses to an employee who is hurt on the job because an employer knowingly risked that employee's safety. Ordinarily, state workers' compensation laws provide employers with immunity from civil lawsuits by injured workers. In exchange for that immunity the injured worker simply has to be hurt "on the job," without having to prove an employer's fault, to receive workers' compensation benefits.
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I was recently introduced to a book entitled "Hand to Mouth, Living in Bootstrap America" by Linda Tirado, and it reminded me of my own experiences with being poor. So much of what I read in this book reminded me in some part of the way that I lived the last two years of high school and my first year of college. Obviously it wasn't as bad as what many people had because I was not homeless, but I can tell you that I remember being embarrassed of where I lived, not answering the door at times when I thought it was high school classmates because we didn't have the utilities on at our house, not giving people my telephone number because I wasn't sure that the telephone would be in service when they called, having only one pair of shoes and not many clothes and knowing how important it was to make sure that the clothes were not torn and the shoes were taken care of, what it was like to go to bed cold because the window in my bedroom was broken and we didn't have the money to fix it. I remember what it was like getting up early in the morning so I could pass my 4:30 a.m. paper route, then finding a way to my high school classes, attending classes so sleepy I could hardly stay awake, then attending football practice, and hitchhiking a ride down to the next city where I was a janitor at a church and school, then hitchhiking back at almost midnight, and starting the day all over so that my family could have enough money to try to pay the basic necessities for a family of eleven. I recall what it was like living in very tough neighborhoods and seeing that my family, as poor as we were, were not as poor as many others. I remember very well pulling up cushions on the couches and the chairs trying to find nickels and dimes so that we could have enough money to buy a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread when we barely had enough money to pay the rent.
The anticipation of the beginning of a new year leaves many with high hopes and dreams that may finally be fulfilled. Whether it is a personal or professional goal to meet, this can be a very exciting time for so many. But, what about the person who has had a horrible year? Can they be so optimistic or do they even dare to dream?
A month ago, I was in Ferguson, Missouri to depose the St. Louis County chief medical examiner in the place where Michael Brown's autopsy occurred. I was concerned about safety, which primarily stemmed from what information I was receiving through the media. During my trip, I had the opportunity to speak about these tragic events with a diverse number of interesting and kind individuals native to Ferguson, all of which had significantly different socio-economic backgrounds. Everyone with whom I spoke had their own perspective of current affairs based upon how they see the world, but they all shared a common wish for peace...now and going forward. They all had the common sense to know that violence is not the answer; and, they all shared concern about what was being done by our private and public leaders to solve the problem. I do not purport to know what is happening in Ferguson ; why it is happening; or, what is going to happen. But, I do think about it...a lot. When you think of Ferguson what comes to mind? Why does that come to mind? What is the source of your information that is making you think that way? How much time, money and effort have been spent to try to make you think that way? Are the resources (if I were betting I would think in the millions) being spent examining and correcting the root of the problem in Ferguson and other similarly situated parts of the country? If not, why not? Are these events running simultaneously with constitutionally questioned executive actions?
One of the most difficult decisions most families face at some point in their lives is having to place a loved one in a nursing home or other similar facility. Most of us will take on this challenge at some point and, as heart wrenching as it often is, sometimes there really is no other practical choice. For a family, that decision comes with tremendous responsibility to remain diligent in making certain that their loved ones are adequately fed, hydrated and regularly moved, to prevent bed sores that can easily lead to a terminal infection. Recently, through my own experiences, I've come to learn of another nursing home hazard to guard against, namely the possibility that our loved ones are being grossly overmedicated with drugs, being used off-label, to suppress the anxiety or aggression that can sometimes come with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. A 2011 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources found that found that 88 percent of Medicare claims for antipsychotics prescribed in nursing homes were for treating symptoms of dementia. The problem is that not only are antipsychotic drugs not approved to treat dementia, they come with a specific, black box warning that elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis who are treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk for heart failure, infections and death. Nevertheless, estimates by patient advocates reveal that approximately 300,000 nursing home residents nationwide continue to receive antipsychotic medications to "calm" their dementia-related symptoms.
" I will pray for you." I recently heard these words spoken to me more than once. " I will pray for you." When first spoken, my eyes opened just a fraction. I could feel the blood rushing through my body and hear a kind of whooshing sound in my ears. I felt alarmed. I thought what do you know that I don't? What are you seeing on that screen that I have not been informed about? I had these questions pop into my head in a split second but I was not going to ask them. I sat there silent for just a moment then I said, "Thank you." I looked at the woman who spoke them. A young physician's assistant who had a skull cap on. When I first saw her, I thought that she must be receiving treatment that causes hair loss. I did not see any hair-just this gray winter cap on her head. She was very friendly. She was very efficient. She was very nice. She then left the cubicle after telling me what would happen next. But, before I heard that statement-" I will pray for you" -the nurse who had taken my vitals and asked me those endless questions they ask confirming who you say you are, also asked one that already had me alarmed. " They found this on a mammogram?" I was at a local hospital. I have a lot of memories being at this hospital. I was born in this hospital, as was my mother. My mother walked to this hospital to have all of her children. My sisters became nurses here. I had surgery at this hospital as a child. Both my parents died in this hospital. And now I was being told, " I will pray for you."
Behind every great man, stands an even greater woman. Right? Well, what do we really know about Mrs. Claus? I envision her always baking cookies and I kind of imagined the elves as her "children."
"Silent Night, Holy Night..." Every Christmas we sing the words of this beloved carol. But have you ever wondered: just how "silent" was it on that first Christmas?
What do Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Robert Downey, Jr., Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, 50 Cent, Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Vin Diesel all have in common? Of course they are all accomplished actors, but they all have also recently filmed movies in Pittsburgh. A quick Google search showed that at least 48 movies have been shot in Pittsburgh since 2010. While many people have always known that Pittsburgh has a lot to offer, I could not help but wonder why major motion pictures have recently flocked to the area. After doing some research, one reason, as with most businesses, is the price of production. Since 2004, Pennsylvania has offered a 25 percent tax credit to films that spend at least 60 percent of their total production budget in Pennsylvania. Moreover, many of the additional costs that go into making a movie, such as security, labor, etc., are also cheaper in Western Pennsylvania. Additionally, Pittsburgh's diverse landscape allows for a wide variety of scenes to be filmed in the same region.
I love Christmas. Family gatherings, children's Christmas programs, shopping, Christmas parties, remembering Christmas' past and those loved ones who are no longer with us. Christmas memories take me back to an uncomplicated, happy time, before so much life happened. One of my favorite memories is singing Christmas hymns at church. If I had to pick an all time favorite hymn as a child, I would have to say "Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem," an old time hymn from the 1940s (and of course, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer")! There are so many incredible hymns that may seem "old-fashioned" or "outdated," but as I sing those same hymns as an adult, with a greater understanding of the words that are strung together and the One they are so powerfully written about, I am humbled and amazed. When I sing those hymns today, I'm reminded of Who Christmas is about and the simplicity of a season that can so easily be overcrowded by busy holiday to-do lists. Today, I encourage you to think back on some "old" Christmas hymns, maybe one you can remember your grandmother always singing or one you remember singing as a child; search it on YouTube, and see the words with fresh eyes and then sing along, because you know you want to. J Oh, today's favorite is "Emmanuel." Translation "God is with us." Can you even imagine? GOD with US. God, the creator and sustainer of all things, the KING of Kings, the Great I AM humbled Himself and came to earth to dwell among us -- His people! Crazy! I can hardly wrap my mind around such a profound truth.