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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.

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Hampshire County, we know we’re blessed.

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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.

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On Saturday, we celebrate the 244th birthday of the United States of America, and – yes, you guessed it — we will have to do it COVID-19 style.

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Sometimes one column speaks my mind so well I don’t want to try variations on it. An Independence Day piece I wrote in 2011 is one of those that bears repeating, not replacing:

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West Virginia Democrats had a stark choice in the primary election held this month between 2 (major) candidates for governor. One of them, Stephen Smith, had been campaigning hard for almost 2 years, had visited every county in the state multiple times, crafted with the input from hundreds o…

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The library levy —which suffered its 1st defeat in its 33-year history — will be back on the November ballot, but it could be in trouble.

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For some reason I caught myself up until last week thinking we are still in winter. There is an honest reason for that which I am sure you all can relate to.

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Ah, the power of smell. It is that time of year again when the peonies are blooming and the air is heady with their fragrance.

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West Virginia Day is Saturday, so I’ve polished up a column I first wrote for the day in 2016.

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Have you ever felt violated and then angered? Well, I felt that way on Wednesday of last week.

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With no apologies to Tennyson; look up both the word’s definition and the man.

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Traditions are defined as the handing down of beliefs, rituals, and customs. Hampshire County has always observed the first Saturday in June as the time to remember and recognize our Civil War dead.

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The pandemic may be lifting, but we should still use caution

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We are all wondering when it will be “safe” to visit family and friends. How long do we stay in our homes (with occasional protected forays for groceries) without becoming ill from covid-19 and guess that it is safe to visit a loved one?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives forever.

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While the fears and realities of COVID-19 have swirled around us for the last 10 weeks or so, life apart from the coronavirus keeps chugging along.

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Kills you. Because the bullet travels faster than the sound of the shot, you can be dead before the sound arrives. Which is kind of what is going on now — deadly events are arriving at such a pace, and from such strange directions, that we are dying in large numbers without a clue about what…

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Rumblings have come from afar like a distant thunderstorm churning on the horizon which possibly presage the discontinuation of the U.S. Postal Service by the end of this year.

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Back in 2008, I wrote a column of advice for our graduating seniors at HHS and liked it so much that I have run it every year at this time since then.

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Over the past several weeks, this county has had to come to grips with a new normal. We’ve had to pull together, make changes on the fly, overcome obstacles, rally, adapt, brainstorm, compromise and learn new technology like never before, and it’s not over yet. But, Hampshire County, togethe…

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Many times in my lifetime my father, Robert B. Roll Jr., shared his experiences of the 1918 Spanish Influenza, which apparently was very similar to the Swine Flu and Coronavirus-19. He became ill with it in 1918 onboard the USS Princess Natoika, his U.S. Navy vessel.

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Our clients know that grief affects so many things in their lives - how they feel physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially and spiritually.

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“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence.”

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At present, we are confronting a COVID-19 flu pandemic with over 2 million cases worldwide and approximately 200,000 dead, including 1 million confirmed cases and over 50,000 deaths in the U.S. (Hampshire County has been extremely fortunate with only 8 reported cases and 1 death as of this w…

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Random thoughts pile up way too frequently in my mind, often like a chain-reaction wreck on a slick, foggy road. Messy, messy, messy.

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You see, back in my day, we didn’t have this thing called the internet. Or smartphones. Or tablets. But we did have cable and video games.

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This seems to be my month for sticking my neck out, so here are 2 more thoughts, both related to how our schools could respond to the inconveniences caused by COVID-19.

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Since 1870, the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind have been an integral part of the Romney community. Over the years, Romney has been supportive of the school, staff and students and the school has always played a role in Romney’s past.

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but not in a medical emergency, please