SNAP-Stretch Offers a True “Triple-Win” Against Food Insecurity

Landing the “Win-Win” in policy making is a satisfying, but rare accomplishment; the “Triple Win” is even more elusive.  When those opportunities present, however, it is important to seize them, and even more so when the subject matter is hunger -- quite literally, a matter of life and death.    

Current data reveals that 1 in 7 West Virginians struggle with hunger, including 1 in 5 of our children.  Here at home, 16% of our citizens in Cabell County and 15% in Wayne County are “food insecure,” which is the USDA's measure of a “lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”  For many of our neighbors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) is their lifeline to food access.

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Protecting Those Who Protect Us is the least We Can Do

Perhaps the most powerful explanation of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, recently given to me was this: Imagine driving down the road, hitting a dog and watching her suffer and die before your eyes or in your arms. Would you vividly remember this experience the rest of your life?

Now imagine you are frantically trying to save the life of a dying human being, rushing around a burning structure looking for a child or witnessing man's depravity in the horrors of a crime scene. Would not those experiences haunt both your sleep and waking memory for a lifetime?

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Hope for Huntington in the Fight Against Drugs

While no family or neighborhood has been untouched by our community's drug epidemic, the past few weeks have seen many examples of coming together with Hope for Huntington.  

On October 27, for example, the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP) held its 8th Annual Drug Prevention Summit, entitled "Bringing the Community Conversations to Life; Strengthening Neighborhoods and Connecting People with Action."  The Summit featured national speaker Beverly Watts Davis, who explained nine (9) interconnected community concepts in the fight:  Prevention, Treatment, Housing, Faith, Peer to Peer, Family, Community Awareness, Employment and Law Enforcement.  More about the amazing work being done by the CCSAPP can be found here.

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Online Voter Registration Comes to WV

Effective October 1, 2015, West Virginians can now register to vote through the Secretary of State’s website by clicking here.

Registering online requires a West Virginia driver’s license or DMV identification card, but applicants without either can print, sign and mail the completed online application to their county clerk's voter registration office.

The online application is automatically sent to the appropriate county clerk, who will double-check it, assign the appropriate voting precinct and mail the voter a registration card.

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A Great Ranking for West Virginia!

Despite routine news articles of poor performance in many State by State comparisons, business magazine Kiplinger's recently released its "Best States for Retirement for 2015" and ranked the Mountain State as the Number 3 Best State for Retirees for 2015.

In addition to the abundance of natural wonders, Kiplinger's ranking noted West Virginia's Cost of Living as 2% less than the national average, a "Friendly" Retiree Tax treatment, and affordable median home values and rental costs.

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Under Siege - Huntington's Drug Epidemic

Regardless of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status or neighborhood, our community's drug problem is an ever present epidemic that is crippling our community, taxing our systems and devastating our families.  In 2015 alone, we are on track to reach a rate of 145 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people -- over 10 times the national average.

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Marshall University's Engineering Complex opens

On Thursday, August 14, 2015, Marshall University and the entire Huntington community welcomed the opening of the $56 million Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, which sits between the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center on 3rd Avenue.

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