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I’m pretty sure that sometimes you read a sentence or paragraph or (shudder) an entire column I wrote and would take exception with what I’m about to announce, but truly I consider myself a wordsmith.

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It’s been another great year in the war on climate change. With a combination of forceful inaction, concentrated inattention, strenuous ignorance of facts, strategic amnesia and just plain orneriness we have once again succeeded in not losing to this implacable enemy which many of us still b…

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What is the definition of dogma? Various sources give slightly different definitions, but it basically means (according to vocabulary.com): “the doctrine of belief in a religion or a political system.”

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I discovered “Judge Judy” on the day it first aired in 1996 and have watched it faithfully — probably obsessively — all the way through its 25-year run of new episodes and even now in reruns. 

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Sometimes it seems that the older I become the more I forget. Having taken more than a few blows to the head over the years, it could be that my relaxed brain is simply manifesting. 

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said last week he will ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for permission to offer a 4th dose of COVID-19 vaccines to residents 50 and older as well as to essential workers.

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While you all know I am a conservative and I don’t vote for a party, I have numerous times before mentioned I voted for Senator Joe Manchin.

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West Virginia opens its 60-day session today, but are there any Hampshire County priorities in the bills that will be filed?

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Once upon a time I worked for a newspaper that was going from an old press that could only print a single color of ink — which, by default, was black — to a new state-of-the-art press that had the capability of printing full color on every page. 

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It is the oft-expressed opinion of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) that if his constituents are given too much help by their government, they will become “entitled,” and might even form an “entitled society.” 

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Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year, as we celebrate the blessing of the birth of Jesus Christ, the real reason we celebrate Christmas. 

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Can you visualize a Christmas Eve church service that ends with the congregation singing “Silent Night” while holding candles aloft in an otherwise dimmed sanctuary? 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he cannot back his party’s signature $2 trillion social and environment bill, dealing a potentially fatal blow to President Joe Biden’s leading domestic initiative heading into an election year when Democrats’ narrow hold on Congress …

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My colleague Nick Carroll made an observation last week that had me kicking myself that I hadn’t put the pieces together. 

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Leaving the local market, I saw it. It was fleeting, but unmistakable. Snow flurries. 

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Eleven different grab-and-go thefts in 10 day in November in southern California (Nordstrom’s being the latest in that area), Best Buy in Minnesota, Walgreens, Burberry and Bloomingdales and even a cannabis dispensary.

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CHARLESTON — A West Virginia nonprofit group said Friday that it is offering $1 million in grants to boost COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts and address HIV and other health issues in the state’s most rural and at-risk communities.

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Don’t tell anyone, but the Census Bureau thinks Romney Councilman John Duncan doesn’t live in Romney. 

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A movie that made my top 50 list years ago is simply titled: “Nell.” If you have not seen it, I recommend you do. Listen closely and it might just change your life. 

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For a moment, I think, everyone in the magistrate courtroom at Romney’s Judicial Center last Thursday believed in divine intervention. 

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At this time of year, you’re here a lot, settling in earlier each day and leaving later each morning. Your ever-expanding presence reminds me of a warm mid-autumn evening a few years ago when I encountered you unexpectedly.

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As many readers already know, I’m an advocate for the preservation and use of old cars, trucks and other machinery. The ‘70s, when the Old Hippie (aka, wife Stephanie) and I were first married, was our golden age of economical, carefree driving; we drove ‘50s trucks. The trucks were designed…

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When politicians from 3 Maryland counties suggested they join West Virginia, it brought to mind a column I did from a purely sports perspective back in 2008. Here it is again. 

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Of all the ills that industrial agriculture has visited upon this suffering planet, none is worse than chicken factories. If you ever get the chance to see up close and personal any aspect of the chicken industry, do not take it; it will sicken your soul and you will probably never eat chick…

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“Well, I’m running down the road tryin’ to loosen my load …”

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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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