West Virginia libraries are epicenters of social engagement, enlightenment and information in our mountain communities. Many county libraries provide more than the traditional reading services, like notary, faxing, photocopying, tax preparation, technical support and more.
In a twist that must be encouraging to gun owners, some new programs in northeastern states have been able to sharply reduce gun murders without traditional gun control measures, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
I realized something during my research and that is individuals and organizations can censor you. The government can’t. How’s that? Pretty cool, right? Not. But it appears to be true.
The pandemic has hit West Virginia small businesses hard, hammering restaurants and coffee shops like The Black Dog Coffee Company in Shenandoah Junction. Concerned about continuing operations in the changing economic landscape, owners Jennifer and Brian Bircher received a financial lifeline…
Before the coronavirus pandemic, one of the greatest failures of government in this country — one that has deeply affected West Virginia — was its refusal to understand the difference between marijuana and hemp, and its stubborn criminalization of hemp.
Editor’s note: Life got busy this week, so we’re pulling out a column Jim wrote 5 years ago about the courts in Hampshire County. Hampshire County hasn’t had a felony criminal trial in more than 3 years.
The biggest decision I will have to make this year doesn’t have anything to do with COVID-19, a mask, a vaccine, social distancing or living out the hermit life I have created for myself the past few years. You could say I am a social-distancing expert.
Nearing yet another majestic tree, light and birdsong sifting through its boughs, I get my hopes up that it’s not doomed like so many we’ve passed today in the ancient headwaters forests of lovely Miles Creek.
“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of the way and let them have it.”
My comments at our latest work session about the transportation dept. being the weak link has seemed to upset quite a few folks. I would like not to apologize, nor re-word anything I said, but merely explain why I said it.
The social media, among other forums, here in Hampshire and around the country, is alive with the heated expressions of people proclaiming their constitutional rights: to refuse to wear a protective mask or get a vaccination; to crowd into churches and bars contrary to government limitations…
My love of the night sky when viewed in a place where there is no air or light pollution is as bright as the purple and silver elements of the Milky Way.
At this point, West Virginians were supposed to be a month out from the start of the new school year. But with little or no notice to the school districts, Gov. Jim Justice changed that last week when he decreed that school will open no earlier than September 8.
Less than one percent of the nation’s population lives in nursing homes. But, residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities account for 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths nationally.
As I have been watching all that has been going on in America I am appalled at the fact that it has met with virtually no true response from a single politician worth his or her weight in salt.
I am wondering, as are we all, just where we are going and how we will get there. The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, although some areas seem to be doing better than others. But in too many places the numbers just keep going up.