Opinion

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Animals: Thinking, feeling, and emotional individuals

"I cannot see an animals' expression - eyes, behavior, purring, etc. - and convince myself that it's anything other than a thinking, feeling, emotional individual."

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ACA needs "patients and subscribers" movement

In West Virginia, we have some of the shortest life spans, highest poverty rates, oldest median ages, worst educational investments, and most dangerous work environments in the country.

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Tap the disability rights movement’s untapped power

Though Marx and Engels may not have predicted the rise of an engaged population of people with disabilities, they did predict the push toward "improvement."

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Abortion foes should not use people with disabilities as props

With the constant attacks on reproductive rights, it is easy to feel your blood boil every time another right-wing, anti-choice message comes your way.

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Stand in support of women and girls, against misogyny

In the United States misogyny - or the hatred of women - is alive and well. I strongly encourage you all to reach out and help all our mothers, sisters and daughters to make sure they are all safe and free.

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I spent 19 days in a psychiatric hospital — and loved every minute

My impression of such treatment centers was quite negative. Then I was a patient in one.

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Obamacare: Grumbling is not enough

It is amazing how fast momentum can shift in politics. And it usually happens for reasons that could not have been predicted.

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Reader voices: Even for hospital workers, health care is a problem

As a health care professional, taking care of people and helping them comes from my heart and soul. It is what I love to do and truly feel what I was called to do with my life.

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Veteran's voice: a soldier's death

A soldier in my old unit who deployed with us to Afghanistan committed suicide. He was only 25 years old. What caused this young man with so much promise to feel that there is no way out?

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NBC's "Obama knew" charge on health care problem doesn't hold up

The debate was widely covered in the press as early as 2010, so it's unclear what exactly the NBC investigation unit has uncovered.

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