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This was on my mind 5 years ago this week, and it still irritates me today. Some marketer probably ought to take that consumer irritation and turn it into another annoying cartoon character.

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The other day I stepped back from completing the recent project of building a woodshed and found myself saying, “I can’t wait until I get this puppy loaded with wood for next year.”

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Political courage might seem like an oxymoron to most people these days and simply a dream to the rest of us.

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Not Reading, ’Riting and ’Rithmetic.

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First, I’d like to start this commentary by thanking Alyson for her letter to the editor dated March 17. I went back and reviewed my notes and found she was absolutely correct in that I had inadvertently misstated that 16- and 17-year-old children would be given a right to vote.

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There are 2 kinds of people in this world: kind people, and the other kind. I swear I am getting the feeling that kind people are resurgent. Don’t sneer; hear me out.

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There is so much going on along our borders daily and almost no one in the media is talking about it. Primarily the major networks. Though sometimes a whisper here and there.

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Clara Peller was a American character actress who, at the age of 81, starred in the 1984 “Where's the beef?” advertising campaign for the Wendy's fast food restaurant chain.

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Back before half of Hampshire County was born – some 35 years ago – one of the top-selling books of 1986 was “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

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The latest round of money to individuals to help out during this Covid pandemic is starting to arrive.

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A year ago, as pandemic panic gripped our land, health experts were trotting out 4 pieces of advice for all of us to ensure we remained uninfected and didn’t spread Covid-19.

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HR1 and HR5, in my opinion, are a disaster looking to happen so I will give you information on contacting our Senators at the end.

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It is Women’s Her-story Month and after the bombing in Syria on Feb. 25, I have been thinking of women and war.

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When a production assistant for “American Pickers” contacted us – twice – looking for some publicity because the show is coming to West Virginia, my pal Steve Rinker came immediately to mind.

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This particular act was broken down into 6 separate sections, with the 1st section describing potential federal laws or acts that this act would nullify in any said efforts to have them enforced within Newton County.

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The, uhm, unknowingness that keeps cropping up on Facebook is grating at yours truly.

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Have you ever seen a brick wall, leaned forward, put your head down, and run hard straight in to it? I haven’t either.

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When a political party achieves the majority in the United States Senate, it acquires not only the ability to win all the votes that don’t require a 60 percent majority, but to appoint committee chairs and set the legislative agenda.

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Last Labor Day a family gathered in a park in Yucaipa, Calif., a city of 50,000 that you’ve never heard of situated about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.

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“What the world needs now ...” I have quoted this song before and still, now, it seems a critical message to the whole world.

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The development and testing of the vaccines for Covid-19, 2 of them approved and more to come shortly, were American success stories, achieved in months instead of the years usually needed. (Achieved, by the way, not by the American president, but by the pharmaceutical companies involved.)

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Our regular commentators on the Opinion page take their turn telling our incoming president, Joe Biden, what their hoeps are for him and this nation. For one writer, retired pastor and martial arts expert Wayne Neller of Augusta, this is his debut as a Review columnist. You’ll be able to rea…

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A little over a week ago I wrote a column called “Moving on” about how we needed to put the bitter divisions of the 2020 election behind us.

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If I were President-elect Joe Biden and this new Congress I would not try to impeach President Trump.

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“If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together and simply for the benefit of (hu)mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never known,” Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

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Enough, already, from us “nattering nabobs of negativity,” as we were branded by a distinguished vice president of the United States shortly before he resigned his office to avoid prison (Agnew).

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Not only has the Christmas shopping season expanded well beyond its traditional Black Friday kickoff, but so has the Christmas music season.

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We’re the oldest county in the state and Romney is the oldest town. Heck, the Review is the oldest newspaper in the state as well.

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As my mind is wondering and searching sadly for the better to come, I find myself turning more and more to other writers for consolation and inspiration.

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Things got a little hectic around the Review office this week, so here’s a column I wrote in 2012 that still yanks my chain today.

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If they had done what they did a few weeks ago as a military operation — wearing uniforms, carrying weapons — the world would have been transfixed, our adversaries carried out of the arena in a dead faint.

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Thank God the elections are finally over. Even though I would have liked to see a different outcome, I’m grateful that this is done.

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More than once in my life — but not often — an event has occurred or a realization has hit me that came out of left field in its intensity.

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Years ago the big red barn on Depot Street held the bounty of the farmlands surrounding it — all owned by the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

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Of all the dates that are marked on my annual calendar in red, the ones we observe mostly by shopping with wild abandon or traveling aimlessly around the planet, the one that has always affected me more than any others is Election Day.

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Wow — 3 weeks from the election and Nancy Pelosi and her gang are trying to remove the President from office because of COVID.

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I have been wondering about the protests where people have taken to the streets to speak up about and against the inequalities in our country. One term I keep hearing is that of “antifa.”

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If you looked at the front page of this week’s Review before you eagerly turned the page to read my column, you might have seen that this paper was once again named the state’s best big weekly newspaper.

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Suppose you and I were alive and living in America on July 4, 1776. For the rest of our lives, the people we met would ask: where were you, what did you see, whose side were you on, what did you do?

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