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The Republicans in the current state legislature hold a vast amount of power. And yet, West Virginia remains ranked near the bottom among states for: Health Care (47th), Education (45th), Economy (48th), Infrastructure (50th), and overall (47th – with no change since 2019).

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Imagine walking into a restaurant and ordering food for your family. You order appetizers, main courses and drinks for everyone. At the end of your night, the waitress presents a form. That form requires you to figure up your own bill. If you do the math wrong or make some other error, then …

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A lot of people are criticizing the U.S. Department of Justice these days for taking too long to bring to justice the upper echelon of the people who instigated the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 2, 2021. Seeing no indictments of high-ranking people, some are jumping to the conclusion that…

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The discovery of the Keller Hotel registers provided an interesting look into the past of Romney, its people and the visitors. The Keller Hotel was located on the northeast corner of Main and Grafton Street, where the Bank of Romney Community Building is located. Throughout the years, the ho…

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Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines friends as “One who is attached to another by affection; one who entertains for another sentiments of esteem, respect and affection, which lead him to desire his company, and to seek to promote his happiness and prosperity; a reciprocation of kind offices, o…

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Just around the corner from Kirby, down Briar Lick Road and up Horn Camp Road Betty and Ernie Racey are waiting to welcome visitors to Horn Camp. Just 3 miles from the Hardy County line, Horn Camp is home to a 1-room schoolhouse.

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I last left you with the sentiment that we all die, and we all pay taxes. Now, mind you, neither of those are great things per say, but as previously mentioned, but have their advantages depending on which side of the fence you stand on. Although I attempted to instill the values of meaningf…

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Remember the Kansas experiment of 2012? That year, Gov. Brownback enacted historic tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, as well as significant spending cuts, in a bid to improve Kansas’s economy significantly, and to create some 23,000 jobs. The result was an economic disaster. The tax c…

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One of the biggest, loudest, most expensive scams ever perpetrated on the American people is underway right now and people seem not to recognize that it is, in fact, a scam. This despite the fact that they are being hammered with advertising promoting it 24/7. The TV ads feature broken down …

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Just around the corner from Capon Bridge, up Northwestern Turnpike and a short drive down a gravel road along the state line is Peaceful Pines Farm. This is home to Sherri and Mike Lee, a few chickens, turkeys and a faithful dog. Here is where they are cooking up the sweet stuff – Hickory Ba…

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My career has been littered with little joys, the moments that make me smile and give me incentive to keep working to do the best job in the world better.

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In 2014, we got a letter in the mail from Spectra Energy wanting permission to survey our land. They were interested in building a pipeline down Jersey Mountain Road.

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The bursts of rain that have popped up in our heat wave got me reminiscing about my role in an obscure weather record.

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There is another Big Lie circulating in the country — other than the one about somebody “stealing” the 2020 presidential election — that is just as corrosive to American politics.

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Way outside of my normal and my comfort zone. Have you ever tried to find something simple and struggled because there are too many to look at, with too many options and the reviews are innumerable?

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Just around the corner from Slanesville, down Cold Stream Road and a short hike from North River Mills is the Nature Conservancy’s Ice Mountain Preserve.

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As many people know, the death toll of the American Civil War was astounding — approximately 620,000 lives.

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Who doesn’t watch TV these days — even if it’s not necessarily on a television set?

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Women sometimes choose to have abortions to avoid having to quit their jobs, or to avoid the difficult dance of balancing work with motherhood. 

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By almost any measure, the American national culture appears broken. Only a generation ago, Americans proudly stood together when the nation’s enemies blasted the World Trade Center and Pentagon. 

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I never thought I would be even tempted to defend the oil industry, and that’s not exactly what I intend to do here, but their situation, and the situation in which they have put us, need a little explaining. 

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A decade or so 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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Well, we are all aware that gas prices are outrageous, still climbing and there appears to be no end in sight. 

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I keep a document near the top of the working folder on my desktop (how old school) that I fill with ideas for my “On the loose” column and the beginnings of columns that didn’t go anywhere. 

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Just around the corner from downtown Romney, up High Street, and onto Eagle Drive is where I hopped on board the Potomac Eagle train for the sunset Trough trip. 

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If you want to excel at football, you have to be able to run fast; to play hockey well, you have to be really good at skating; in baseball, you have to be able either to catch the ball, or hit it. 

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 Do you know how Eric Strite knew he had a pretty good election night? 

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Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician. He lived from 1912 to 1954 in England and was instrumental in helping to crack the German ciphers used during World War 2. 

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Having been a resident of Hampshire County now for 70 years, Augusta has mostly been a place I have driven through on the way to somewhere else. Once you start looking at the history of the town, one begins to take note.

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My annual advice to Hampshire’s graduating seniors. 

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Just around the corner from Augusta, down Ford Hill Road, is where I caught up with Allen and Karen Hott on one of the prettiest days in April. It was a sea of brilliant orange as the 28 members of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church slipped into their safety vests.

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This might feel a little different to folks right along the Virginia border, but for many of the rest of us, flying anywhere takes a lot of effort. 

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Well the debates have started over this new “Disinformation Governance Board” that Homeland Security has established.  

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I have a friend who is mentally kicking herself over next week’s primary election. 

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The U.S. has been “energy independent” since 2020. And it still is. 

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When I wore a much younger man’s clothes, my mama got me interested in soap operas.

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There’s a geek in me (in case you hadn’t figured that out) that hangs onto the oddest details. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned to keep the great majority of them to myself so I don’t bore the people around me or weird them out.

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 Not a Twitter fan, though I have an account that I have only logged into once in the last 6, 7, 8, oh who remembers how long ago — except yesterday to see if it was still active. 

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All creatures need exposure during childhood to things they will most likely encounter as adults in order to be prepared for the adult world they will soon inhabit.

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Either life or a mental block got in my way this week, so I don’t have a sensible column to write. 

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One thing that the last half dozen years have taught America is that people are free to speak their mind — whether online or in person. 

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