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Sometimes, there’s no winning for losing. When I’m in a situation like that, I procrastinate, hoping the situation will go away.

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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.

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Over in Parkersburg is the headquarters for a bureaucracy called the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission.

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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.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, there is concern about the seasonal flu coinciding with the pandemic.

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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.

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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…

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I am wondering about ideas, hopes, possibilities and dreams for the future — the “new normal.”

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With all the nonsense that’s being spewed as gospel right around now, this column from 2012 bears repeating.

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Last Tuesday night when I arrived home from a busy day at the office, I was truly looking forward to some down time.

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Circle Nov. 3 on your calendars because across West Virginia, and the rest of the United States, voters have one very important ballot to cast that day.

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In the best of times, the people on the front lines of our healthcare system are busy and vigilant.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Throughout my childhood and carrying into adulthood, this has always been the month for vacations in my family.

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“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.”

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The economic calamity tied to the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t punched us here like it has other places.

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It’s hot. Searing hot at times. Humid and hot at others. That is when you know the dog days of summer have arrived.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Central Hampshire Park looked pretty normal Saturday — a few walkers, a few kids playing.

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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.

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued the mandate nearly a week ago that in order to cut down on the spread of COVID-19, residents must wear masks in public places.

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If you look around you, you will notice that the sports world that was once so vibrant remains on pause due to the pandemic, but the chatter has picked up.

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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.