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Just about a month ago Singer Jane Marczewski performed on the TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Her message has taken the Internet by storm. 

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A dear friend stopped by the Review unexpectedly one day a few weeks ago to give me a piece of her exceedingly sharp mind about grocery stores. 

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The 4th of July has just passed and is surprising how many don’t truly understand what it stands for. But I think what grieves me the most is the lack of respect for our flag. 

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A dialogue about Romney — and small West Virginia towns in general — arose a few weeks ago in a private Facebook group called Hiking West Virginia.

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Ten years ago I wrote this column, one that speaks my mind so well I haven’t wanted to try variations on it. Call it a column that bears repeating, not replacing, although I have given it a decade overhaul.  

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I remember when we were all proud that America was the world’s leading democracy. We knew the dictionary definition of democracy: “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.”

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I once sat in a courtroom and heard a lawyer actually say out loud to the jury, “No matter how thick or how thin, there’s 2 sides to every pancake.”

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About 50 years ago I was a squirrely freshman or sophomore in high school – definitely establishing the roots of being the squirrely old man I am now.

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Have you ever wondered about the inhumanity of man? I’m not talking about everyone of course — but maybe I am.

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I started writing 3 different columns for this week’s paper and never finished the 1st 2. The 3rd wasn’t sitting right with me either, so I did an archive search and found that I had sprung a previous column (that I had forgotten about) off the legendary Finley Peter Dunne – and it was much …

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When I was asked to write about my hopes for this new administration one of the things I hoped was that we would move on from the old guard to the new guard with less finger pointing.

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In recent weeks, 4 — count them, 4 —major, reputable news organizations have run major stories on the beginning of the greatest disruption of American life that has ever occurred: climate migration.

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Here we are again at the end of another school year, the 2nd one in a row that has been battered by Covid-19.

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The letters LGBTQIA refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual. If you find yourself confused about what exactly separates the categories — you’re not alone.

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Have you priced building materials lately? When I decided to build a deck on the back of my house, I designed it; then as anyone who is going to begin a new project, I did a material list, submitted my plans to the county and got my permit.

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It’s a given that our society has become both more casual and coarser.

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Some years ago I was audacious enough to propose a creed for West Virginia.

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I have been wondering what to write about as this glorious month of May begins.

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Remember last year when our favorite State Senator, Charlie Trump, made a point of reminding Frederick County in neighboring Virginia that it was welcome to join West Virginia?

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“Finally,” gushed the Washington Post editorial board earlier this month, “a president takes on America’s epidemic of gun violence.” I rushed to get the story. This should be good — a Democratic president, Democrats in control of the Congress (although just barely, and not of Joe Manchin), n…

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

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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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“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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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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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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