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If all of your nearest neighbors put their houses up for sale, and all of those houses were bought by families of a race different from your own, would you think about moving?  If it could be proven that nearly all of the babies “saved” by the new anti-abortion legislation would be of minori…

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Last month, the most foolhardy presidential administration in living memory stepped on its own feet again when it rolled out the idea of eventually banning production and sale of gas stoves. The attempted move revealed much about the federal government’s incredible convergence of hubris and …

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By the time this is published, the Legislature will have been in session for almost three weeks, nearly one-third of our 60-day regular 2023 session. Because our regular session is so short, we need to accomplish a lot in a very short time, which accounts for why 1,122 bills have been introd…

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You’ve heard the old saying “getting old isn’t for sissies.” I don’t think that was just meant for physical issues. I think that applies to financial issues as well. Too many people believe they can live on Social Security and quickly learn they can’t – well, they can’t comfortably. 

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After 30 years of employment at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, I have seen many changes. None so many as in the last few years. The takeover by the state in 2019, the downsizing of the campus, the combining of the two schools, and probably the most devastating to an hi…

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Just about every large organization in this country, from retail companies to medical practices, has constructed an elaborate automated procedure that they call customer service. It is misnamed. Almost without exception, “customer service” is, in reality, corporate service designed to enhanc…

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Just around the corner from the Rio Turtle, up Ford Hill Road before the junction with Route 29, sits JJ’s Diner & Deli. Here is where travelers, weekenders and locals all seek out the riverside diner in Rio for home-cooked breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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To start the new year, my plan was to write a stereotypical, “new year, new me” post and detail all the fallacies that people utter during the last week or so of the year, and into the first month of the new year. We all know most fall short of maintaining their goals. But with the happening…

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Mid-December of last year (2022), I went to a town hall held by four of our elected state officials: Senators Charles Trump and Craig Blair, and Delegates Rick Hillenbrand and Darren Thorne. It was an eye-opening, and somewhat discouraging, experience. Hillenbrand seemed the most earnest to …

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In recent months, parents and others have expressed concern over the rising discipline problems at Hampshire High School. These problems are not confined to this area, however. Administrators at Ripley High School currently face serious questions over their handling of an incident that happe…

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On Christmas Eve, the operator of the Eastern U.S. power grid, 1 of the 3 grids in the country, declared a system-wide emergency as a savage winter storm brought high winds and sub-zero temperatures to much of the country. Demand for electricity, especially heat, threatened to overwhelm the …

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On December 23, 1762, Governor Francis Farquier signed a bill for the establishment of the town of Romney. Simply by the order of business on that particular day, Romney was placed as the 1st town to be incorporated in what is now known as West Virginia.

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You’ve heard the old statement that “time flies when you’re having fun.” Well, the older you get, the faster time flies whether you are having fun or not. 

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Just around the corner from Capon Bridge, down past Bubbling Springs and out on Hook’s Mill Road sit the Archer family farms. There is a lot of history surrounding the gravel lanes, old homes and foundations of businesses past.

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If you haven’t caught on by now, I’ve been trying to make some sort of reference to boiling water, attitudes, conversations and thought processes with each column I write. I’ve focused mainly, until now, on what leads up to reaching that boiling point, in whatever reference I’ve attempted to make.

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In “Which Party is Better for the Economy,” Bruce Thompson (Urban Milwaukee’s DATA WONK) concludes that the economy always does better under a Democratic president, regardless of whether one measures “better” by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), jobs, unemployment or poverty. A refinement of thi…

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In the last election cycle, the word and idea of “democracy” took center stage in left wing campaigning. A close examination shows that, just as in most other affairs, Republicans and conservatives carry a different, and much more historically accurate, ideal of democracy than the Democrats …

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Superintendent Jeff Pancione made a comment at Monday’s school board work session that stuck in my mind: “We are no longer the Hampshire County we were when we were younger.”

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My grandmother would always say this when I was a kid and while there are many variations of this saying, for me this means I’m FINALLY home after 4 weeks in McAllen, Texas. Which is only a few miles from the border wall.  

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Our town of Romney has the distinction of being the oldest town in our state. With that distinction comes the history of the people and their buildings. Romney has not been the best steward of its buildings, but that makes it all the more important to care for the ones that remain.

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Just around the corner from Romney, out Jersey Mountain Road, is the farm where Joe Byler and his family raise goats, chickens, pigs and cattle. And a good-sized garden. Joe and his wife have 6 children and all take an active part in farm life.

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The PSC has come under criticism for favoring coal-fired generation over renewable energy.  The fact is that the Commission favors lower cost generation over higher cost generation.  It is often said that coal is not a cost-efficient electricity production fuel; that the cost of renewable re…

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Last in a 6-part series appearing every 2 months about the people along the Cacapon/Lost River and their love for the river.

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Fall in West Virginia is by far one of the best times of the year. The leaves are changing, the weather begins to change, hobbies change (for me, golf turns into hunting – then again when I golf, I’m usually hunting for my golf ball!) and definitions change, such as the definition of a recession.

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Last month we looked at ballot measures 2 and 4, and I, at least, concluded they are blatant power grabs. This month we look at ballot measures 1 and 3. Each has a backstory, but that is about all they have in common.

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Most wedding pictures are very formal. Well….some with cake being smeared all over the face of the bride and groom. But seeing your mother pushed around town in a wheelbarrow…that’s a different one.

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Just around the corner from Pin Oak, along Critton Owl Hollow Road is the home of Sam Herrmann, her husband Joe, and 10 Coopworth sheep.

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When I was asked to title my opinion column, I tried to think of something that was witty, catchy and simple all the same. I settled on 212 Degrees because that is, as many of you know, the boiling point of water. The play on words was to reference difficult conversations and topics that typ…

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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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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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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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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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