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As I have been watching all that has been going on in America I am appalled at the fact that it has met with virtually no true response from a single politician worth his or her weight in salt.

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Hampshire County, we know we’re blessed.

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I am wondering, as are we all, just where we are going and how we will get there. The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, although some areas seem to be doing better than others. But in too many places the numbers just keep going up.

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On Saturday, we celebrate the 244th birthday of the United States of America, and – yes, you guessed it — we will have to do it COVID-19 style.

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Sometimes one column speaks my mind so well I don’t want to try variations on it. An Independence Day piece I wrote in 2011 is one of those that bears repeating, not replacing:

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For some reason I caught myself up until last week thinking we are still in winter. There is an honest reason for that which I am sure you all can relate to.

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West Virginia Day is Saturday, so I’ve polished up a column I first wrote for the day in 2016.

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Have you ever felt violated and then angered? Well, I felt that way on Wednesday of last week.

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With no apologies to Tennyson; look up both the word’s definition and the man.

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The pandemic may be lifting, but we should still use caution

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We are all wondering when it will be “safe” to visit family and friends. How long do we stay in our homes (with occasional protected forays for groceries) without becoming ill from covid-19 and guess that it is safe to visit a loved one?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives forever.

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Rumblings have come from afar like a distant thunderstorm churning on the horizon which possibly presage the discontinuation of the U.S. Postal Service by the end of this year.

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Back in 2008, I wrote a column of advice for our graduating seniors at HHS and liked it so much that I have run it every year at this time since then.

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“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence.”

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At present, we are confronting a COVID-19 flu pandemic with over 2 million cases worldwide and approximately 200,000 dead, including 1 million confirmed cases and over 50,000 deaths in the U.S. (Hampshire County has been extremely fortunate with only 8 reported cases and 1 death as of this w…

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Random thoughts pile up way too frequently in my mind, often like a chain-reaction wreck on a slick, foggy road. Messy, messy, messy.

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You see, back in my day, we didn’t have this thing called the internet. Or smartphones. Or tablets. But we did have cable and video games.

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This seems to be my month for sticking my neck out, so here are 2 more thoughts, both related to how our schools could respond to the inconveniences caused by COVID-19.

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Our English language is constantly changing, and as an editor, grammarian, wordsmith and general aficionado of the English language, I have one overriding sentiment about its evolution.

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Can I have the attention of all you grandparents and retirees for a couple of minutes?

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“Encouraged” – what does that mean? Webster's 1828 dictionary defines it as: emboldened; inspirited; animated; incited.

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To borrow a couple of phrases from Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini circa 1961, translated best as “the sweet life” and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin from 20 years ago, who crooned about “the crazy life” …

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I have been wondering, in this time of challenge and change, what to write about. The original plan was to write about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day which falls on April 22.

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I recently watched an old episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In this particular episode, Raymond minimizes the contribution his wife makes and she, in turn, throws the checkbook at him and challenges him to manage the financial affairs of the household.

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A few weeks ago we received a 98-word comment about the bond issue the schools are proposing.

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As West Virginia, and, indeed, the entire world grapples with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we should take a moment each day to pray for the medical professionals, first responders, and public servants who are working around the clock to halt the spread of this deadly virus. We also must pra…

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Over in Sports this week we polished up an epic article I wrote 10 years ago, celebrating the 50th (now 60th) anniversary of Romney High School’s unbeaten state basketball champions.

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Joe Biden had a very good day on Super Tuesday, but unfortunately the American people did not.

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I promised Joanne Snead I’d dig this one up because the production of “Rumpelstiltskin” that the Hampshire County Arts Council brought this tale back to mind and Joanne had the good grace to laugh knowingly when I told her.

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Ed’s just home from a mission trip to Saipan and catching up on his rest, so here’s a favorite he wrote 4 years ago.

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Did anyone else enjoy running around in shorts and a long-sleeved shirt over the weekend? I know I was having a great time with the sunny Spring weather that embraced Hampshire County, especially on Sunday.

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I am wondering about Women’s History Month (March) and where women have gotten in their search for equality in an unequal world.

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I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself to each and every one of you. I am the new Group Editor and Publisher for the Hampshire Review and the Spirit of Jefferson newspapers. My first day on the job was Monday.

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I have a friend back in the Chicago suburbs, a fellow I used to work with, who is an unabashed TV snob.

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Well the hubbub is over. President Trump is acquitted and you would think that after millions of wasted taxpayer dollars things would return to normal.

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Add one more couple to the 80 or so we have in this week’s feature, Enduring Love.

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Have you ever watched somebody working too hard at something that ought to appear effortless?

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On a cold, windy, almost-winter afternoon, I sit at my desk with sunlight streaming in the window between the bits and puffs of white clouds that are scudding across the blue sky.

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This column first appeared 10 years ago this week when I was writing sports for the Review. The cornea in question will turn 35 Saturday and the rest of me turns 64 on Super Bowl Sunday.