“A master of forgiveness.”
“Our greatest son.”
“The last great liberator of the 20th century.”
Countless words have been used to describe Nelson Mandela in the days since his passing last week.
It’s a fitting tribute to the man who meant so much to so many.
For decades, Mandela’s message was of peace and justice. He served as South Africa’s first black president and spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid — the cruel system of white minority rule — yet sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world.
And as The Associated Press reported, it was Mandela’s “generosity of spirit” that made him a “global symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation in a world often jarred by conflict and division.”
From heads of state to young children in his home country, Mandela’s passing was felt around the globe.
“We’ve lost our greatest son. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” South African president Jacob Zuma said when announcing Mandela’s death on television last week. “Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”
As Zelda la Grange, Mandela’s personal assistant for almost two decades, pointed out, Mandela inspired people to forgive, reconcile, care, be selfless, tolerant, and to maintain dignity no matter what the circumstances.
“His legacy will not only live on in everything that has been named after him, the books, the images, the movies. It will live on in how we feel when we hear his name, the respect and love, the unity he inspired in us as a country, but particularly how we relate to one another,” she said.
On Tuesday, that legacy was celebrated as thousands gathered at a memorial service marked by singing and dancing in tribute to the fallen leader.
“Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love,” President Barack Obama said during the eulogy. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world — you can make his life’s work your own.”
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Mandela “one of our greatest teachers,” saying “he taught by example. He sacrificed so much ... for freedom and equality, for democracy and justice.”
Mandela’s story won’t soon be forgotten, and we hope his legacy continues to influence and inspire people for generations to come.
“A master of forgiveness.”
‘Pothole blitz’ badly needed service coming in West Virginia
Hopefully, the heavy snow and extremely cold weather of January, February and early March are in the past.
Remnants of the harsh winter, though, remain. They’re faced each day by the state’s drivers.
Potholes have West Virginia’s roads in their worst condition in years, and the damaging freeze-thaw cycle is not over.
‘The issues are complicated’ with e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have been around for about seven years.
But you’d be shocked at how long the idea for the the tobacco-less product has been around.
“A primitive, battery-operated ‘smokeless non-tobacco cigarette’ was patented as early as 1963 and described in Popular Mechanics in 1965,” Megan McArdle wrote for Business Week last monty.
Coal industry can’t afford to give this administration and EPA more ammunition
Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
The whole industry got another black eye this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s largest coal producers, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and invest $200 million to reduce illegal water pollution in five states, including West Virginia.
Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
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