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From first Thanksgivings came American principles

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for and I hope that you do too. This time of year reminds me of the song written by Irving Berlin that debuted in the 1954 film “White Christmas” called “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep).” […]

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Insurers: Motorists could forgo coverage if premiums rise

Forcing motorists to pay higher auto insurance premiums for minimum bodily injury and property damage coverage would probably cause many drivers to go without any coverage at all. That was the conclusion that a representative of the automobile insurance industry gave members of a legislative study committee last week in Charleston. Right now, drivers in […]

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Of cattle crossings, both theirs and mine

I have virtually no experience in the beef cattle business. There, I feel better having finally made that confession. In addition, I have only one tractor repair customer who is a full-time cattle farmer and not retired from some secret branch of the federal government. Of course, all of this calls my qualifications as a […]

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An unhurried walk in the calm of the woods

Ahead on a narrow path is a long stretch of hardwoods and conifers. Most of the distanced trees appear to be decades old. The oaks, chestnuts and hickories are wide with branches now barren of leaves and nuts in the weak November light. The hemlocks, pines and sprawling cedars also have some size to them. […]

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Bills’ fiscal notes costs don’t always add up

It has been a long-standing joke between older members of the West Virginia Legislature and legislative staffers who are also veterans of the system that fiscal notes attached to proposed bills that indicate the potential costs of that legislation are often designed to reflect the desires of the bill’s sponsors. In other words, if the […]

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The time is right to rebuild the Hilltop House

SWaN Investors announced at last week’s Harpers Ferry town council meeting that it would renew discussions with the town about the reconstruction of the once iconic, but now derelict Hilltop House Hotel. SWaN indicated the economy has improved since the project was put on hold in 2010 and they wanted to begin discussing the (draft) […]

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Unlike PCs, economies don’t  just reboot after a crash

I had the pleasure of spending time with my uncle recently. He and I do not see eye to eye on most political or economic issues, but that isn’t a problem. Born in 1923, my uncle has seen a lot, including service to our country during WWII. We got to talking one evening and he […]

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and Adventure Cycling Association recently announced AASHTO’s Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved new U.S. Bicycle Routes along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park through Maryland. This is good news for not only Washington County, but for all the […]

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Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, America still mourns his loss. It’s no mystery why. He remains a powerful symbol of a time of soaring idealism in America, when our people believed our country could do anything – even go to the moon. John Kennedy even inspires Americans who know him only […]

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Even the Pinstripe Bowl would look good

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