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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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Too many West Virginians are dying from drug overdoses. We have been in this crisis for years and unfortunately, according to new government data, the crisis is growing. 

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The Eastern West Virginia Economic alliance met in Charleston this week. Joining us remotely were Eileen Johnson from the Hampshire County Development Authority and Lyn Goodwin from the Morgan County Development Authority.

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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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The federal government has quietly launched its website to sign up for free Covid-19 tests, allowing people to order a maximum of four tests shipped directly to their household.

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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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We have some great news for West Virginia to share this week. Nucor Corp., the largest steel producer in the United States, announced Jan. 12 it has selected Mason County as the location for a state-of-the-art sheet steel mill. 

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The House of Delegates was called into Special Session on Jan. 10 to take action on the West Virginia Industrial Advancement Act. The bills included in this package of bills would be the largest single investment ever made in the state of West Virginia. 

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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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As we enter Year 3 of the pandemic, the caregivers of Valley Health continue to stand tall in supporting our community through successive waves of Covid-19. 

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It hasn’t been a rough couple of years for West Virginia’s small businesses, beginning with the pandemic and continuing with the labor shortage and breaks in the supply chain. 

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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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We asked 4 people from different walks and communities around the county to share their hopes for 2022 — and gave them no direction beyond that. Here are their thoughts, which we hope will inspire you or at least give you food for thought.

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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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It is the oft-expressed opinion of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) that if his constituents are given too much help by their government, they will become “entitled,” and might even form an “entitled society.” 

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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

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Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year, as we celebrate the blessing of the birth of Jesus Christ, the real reason we celebrate Christmas. 

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Can you visualize a Christmas Eve church service that ends with the congregation singing “Silent Night” while holding candles aloft in an otherwise dimmed sanctuary? 

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My colleague Nick Carroll made an observation last week that had me kicking myself that I hadn’t put the pieces together. 

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Leaving the local market, I saw it. It was fleeting, but unmistakable. Snow flurries. 

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Eleven different grab-and-go thefts in 10 day in November in southern California (Nordstrom’s being the latest in that area), Best Buy in Minnesota, Walgreens, Burberry and Bloomingdales and even a cannabis dispensary.

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