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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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Every talking head in the mainstream media universe and every instant expert on social media is fulminating about rising gas prices and falling petroleum supplies. 

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I don’t know about you, but I’m figuring I’ll be gassing up in Maryland the next couple of times I’m running on empty.

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The acreage that makes up Selah has fewer pine trees than the adjoining homesteads. Of our estimated 1,000 trees, we may have 50 trees that are pine. And most of them seem to line our long gravel driveway.

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Congressman David McKinley was in Romney March 1. 

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Clicker training is an extremely effective way of training dogs. And, while humans are far more complex creatures, many of clicker training’s principles apply. 

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The raging inflation that is grinding this country down is not monetary, it is rage inflation. 

Everybody, it seems, is outraged by everybody else — foaming at the mouth over tweets, texts, posts, remarks, books, 40-year-old high school yearbook pictures, items of clothing, wearing or not wearing masks, getting or not getting vaccinated, race, religion, politics, real or imagined insults, assaults and multiple other umbrages. 

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Every year, usually the last week of the year, many of the television networks will do a list of all those famous people who have passed away and highlight their lives and some will recap the feel-good stories that have happened also. 

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The combination of the Winter Olympics and, well, our own winter weather brought back memories from one of my 1st winters here, when I was a younger, generally fitter man, and the snow was massive. 

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Therapists are taught that if a person is unable to remember large blocks of their past it is likely they have suffered some form of abuse. When I consider my own lack of memory, I tend to blame it on DFS (disk full syndrome) or that my elevator is rather worn out and no longer reaches the t…

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If you’re not familiar with the term “short shrift” — and apparently more people aren’t than I realized — our friends at Merriam-Webster says it means “little or no consideration” or “quick work,” as in “to make short shrift of a task.” 

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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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