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More and more parents in school districts around the country are speaking out and making a difference when it comes to their children’s education — as they should. Some of the school books are egregious and shouldn’t be placed in a school of any kind. 

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By this time next week, West Virginia could have its delegate, state senate and Congressional districts set for the coming decade. 

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In all the babble over the “reforms” to Medicare now being debated in Congress, I have heard not one talking head refer to the reason the reforms are necessary: perhaps the single most contemptible piece of legislation ever disgorged by the Congress.

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I went back to my parents’ home last week to say goodbye to my mother, who clung to life long enough for me to see her in the hospital one afternoon, only to slip away before Dad and I could get to the hospital the next morning.

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Here’s a favorite from 2012 that resonates because earlier this year I resubscribed to Consumer Reports. Sadly, their selling tactics haven’t changed.

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It’s an amazing morning at Selah. The sun is shining brightly. The birds are singing loudly. There is a crispness in the air that whispers fall is just over the horizon. 

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There is controversy over who said what so I will quote both which convey the same message.

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I don’t write often about our efforts to put together the news — other than to brag once a year when we’ve been honored for our work.

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Didn’t anybody in political power play the classic board game, Risk?

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We seem to be suffering in this country from a massive pandemic of infectious institutional stupidity.

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Clayton Burch has a big job ahead of him — and maybe, just maybe, he has more skin in the game than previous state superintendents Jorea Marple, Steve Paine (twice), Jim Phares and Michael Martirano had over the last 10 or 15 years.

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I’ve known many dogs in my life time. Big dogs. Little dogs. Scary dogs and dogs that were really rats impersonating dogs.

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The lights are dimmed, the trash hauled off, the barn cleaned out, the rides and games gone on to their next stop.

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It seems to be the never-ending question. Between BLM, “woke” and the Cancel Culture, it’s always before us. It has been going on since the beginning of recorded history, and I don’t envision it ending anytime soon.

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“Do we send you a check or do you just — well — kinda write for us?” I can’t recall which publisher asked this question, but it was my first clue that writing may be a paying gig.

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Another week got away from me, but August has me reminiscing about this column from 2012. A couple of things have changed. My pal Dale has been in Austin for nearly 25 years now, even though his newspaper job disappeared in another round of downsizing some years back. And, of course, this is…

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One of the least understood and least reported stories of the Covid era has been the death of fracking — the much-touted “new technology” that was supposed to usher in a revolution of the American oil industry that would lead to energy independence and world oil-market domination.

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I made an overdue trip a few weeks ago back to the place I grew up, a town about the size of Romney or Moorefield on the Missouri-Oklahoma border.

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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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