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In a global economy, trade is king and often the centerpiece of international disagreements between nations. Because strength is often tied to a nation’s ability to export goods, trade agreements can either bond countries together or act as the catalyst for war.

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Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.

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I have nieces who celebrate Black Friday with perhaps more glee and abandon than Christmas itself.

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As a former smoker I know what it’s like to want to smoke, to know that comfort of inhaling that nicotine.

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Our friend Charlie Hall, who embodies history, emailed over an item from the Jan. 4, 1922 Review last week.

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I’ve been wondering about how time flies or, in words found on the Internet: “I thought getting old would take longer than this.”

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In recent years, our Legislature has placed an emphasis on moving West Virginia into the national mainstream. From legal reform to education reform, and everything in between, a common driver of our agenda has been to ensure that West Virginia is no longer ranked last in everything good and …

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With the release of National Parents Organization’s 2019 Shared Parenting Report Card, it remains clear that there is still much work to do in West Virginia.

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Sometimes we have the most interesting conversations around the newsroom. They aren’t necessarily productive, but they keep us all on our toes.

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It’s easy to conclude that we live in suspicious times when even the most legitimate businesses act in ways that raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

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Recently I received a collection of papers and reminiscences from one of my siblings about one of the branches of my family on my mother’s side.

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If you’re sitting in Bloomery or Intermont or Levels, I apologize in advance, but I have Romney on my mind this week.

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As I wake in this beautiful morning of cool, fresh air filled with bird song and a feeling that all is right with the world, I sip from my cup of hot dark tea and struggle to keep this joyous feeling.

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I had occasion recently to step into a drugstore looking for Colgate toothpaste for sensitive teeth, figuring it might be cheaper than the specialty brand Sensodyne.

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When Romney’s Town Council took up a resolution at its August meeting to set guidelines for the public to speak, Mayor Beverly Keadle explained that it was something the lawyers suggested they do.

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Five years ago I wrote a Sentiments column on the late Helen Pyles, who had gone home to be with the Lord. Helen and her husband, Ray, were best friends of my husband, Jim, and me.

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While many watched remembrances of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary on CNN this past weekend, I could not look at it and think that then was such a great time.

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Here’s a favorite column from 2013 that still makes sense to me and is sure to irritate others.

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When I became Senate President 3 years ago, one of my highest priorities was changing the trajectory of our state’s K-12 education system.

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On Jan. 29, 1961, President JFK, a strong Democrat from my home state, made this bold statement: “In my own native state of Massachusetts, the battle for American freedom was begun by the thousands of farmers and tradesmen who made up the Minute Men — citizens who were ready to defend their …

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To borrow a couple of phrases from Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini circa 1961 and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin from 20 years ago …

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Hampshire County is showing signs of new growth in the form of community support. Have you stopped and just thought about all the activities that you attend, see or just read about that are hosted and enjoyed in this county?

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I am wondering what each of us is choosing to put on our plates – for breakfast, lunch or supper – these summer days?

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Martinsburg’s Chief of Police Maury Richards is leading Martinsburg’s efforts to eradicate drug activities through enforcement of its drug house ordinance, an ordinance also enacted in Wheeling, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Buckhannon and Elkins.

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Ah, the turns life takes. For me, this week, it was too much busy-ness to have a cogent thought for a column. So I recalled that once I wrote about August and holidays and dug up this piece from 2012. I can hardly believe 7 years have passed.

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It may seem strange that the primary obstacle in implementing West Virginia’s medicinal marijuana law is not the health-care aspect of the matter but, rather, banking.

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Somebody once told me that if you visit New York City for a day, you’ll see every attraction you want. If you’re there for a week, you’ll see most of them.

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We are on the cusp of a great new era in space exploration. On the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of Apollo and a period of uncertainty and interruptions about space exploration in general, it appears that there will be plenty of events during the remaining 81 years of this century.

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Two instances of people and government having no common sense have occurred this week that just have me chuckling. Both are involving law enforcement.

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If you’re of a certain age, you remember “Hoosiers,” one of the greatest sports movies of all time.