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ELKINS (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a judge to affirm its power to make poultry growers get water pollution permits for runoff from their operations — even though it’s withdrawn the requirement for a West Virginia farmer who sued. Hardy County farmer Lois Alt is challenging EPA’s authority to apply a Clean […]

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Gleaning volunteers transform farm waste into fresh bounty for food banks LANCASTER, Va. (AP) — It’s hot, it’s buggy and a bit confining amidst the corn rows on Ronnie Forrester’s Holyoke Farm. None of that is diminishing the sense of accomplishment young volunteer pickers are getting from their chance to help the hungry. “It feels […]

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Hey, kid. Yes, you, the one with the ginger hair and the freckles and the white, white skin beneath them, and the Marlboro Blacks (at least they are now honest about the color your lungs turn after smoking them) and your mom’s Oxycodone pills left over from her back surgery — the ones you think […]

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The ongoing revelations of the National Security Agency’s large set of domestic surveillance programs – including the collection of telephone metadata, internet traffic, search requests, email, satellite communications, and domestic mail tracking – now present us with a defining issue. The outcome of the struggle over this issue will be defining for the course of […]

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I’d like to thank readers for the feedback I received regarding last week’s column. It is great to know that there is concern regarding the National Security Agency and its proper role. There certainly is a divergence of opinion as to whether Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. While I hope that he […]

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Our drug war’s sanctimony and sycophancy

Brad’s family surrounded him on the joyous occasion of his graduation from one of America’s great Catholic universities, the kind of school where one makes connections that can propel a career for a lifetime. In that way Brad, a highly personable and reasonably competent if not inspired student, had already landed an enviable job and […]

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Acts of kindness  alive and well    A few weeks ago I noticed a man feeding stray cats behind a grocery store. I went over and talked with him and thanked him for his kindness. He said he feeds them every morning. I was happy because there are so many homeless, stray cats here in […]

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Fixing the outcome appears to be what’s behind the application by First Energy to the West Virginia Public Service Commission to transfer its Harrison County coal-burning power plant from deregulated utility Allegheny Energy Supply to regulated utilities Mon Power and Potomac Edison, the justification being that the deal would be a good one for West […]

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It took little time for legislatures in North Carolina and Texas to begin drafting legislation that throws up roadblocks to voting following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that jettisoned one of the provisions of the Voting Rights Act. West Virginians should take heed that lawmakers in Charleston don’t entertain similar folly come the […]

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