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Fags burn in Hell. The Bible says so. So scream signs across this nation at Gay Pride Parades, military funerals and on church marquees. Whatever happened to “Jesus Loves Me This I Know For the Bible Tells Me So?” That’s still sung but with an asterisk in some churches. If you’re homosexual, sorry, but you’re […]

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West Virginia should demand a raise

It’s a rare and fortuitous occasion for politicians when they can take a position that simultaneously constitutes good economics, good policy and good politics. The fight to raise worker wages, starting with the minimum wage, is one such occasion. It shouldn’t come as news that wages in the U.S. have stagnated in the last 30 […]

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EPA’s eggs are in the wrong basket

In August I wrote about the Alt family who own the Eight is Enough poultry farm located in Hardy County. In November 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an Administrative Compliance Order charging them with violations of the Clean Water Act. It demanded that the farm apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit […]

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And speaking of apples

The apple season continues, which is a good thing. Inevitably, though, hard freezes will turn the apples still in the trees, as well as those on the ground, to mush — so enjoy them while you can. Saturday, the 2nd, was to be our annual apple getting day. I’ve described this before; it’s when the […]

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Healthier holidays

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Healthier holidays

Why not give ‘Maintain Don’t Gain’ a go? CHARLES TOWN – “Maintain Don’t Gain” is one of those simple ideas that can add up to a major life shift. The program originated when a Harpers Ferry medical official read that many of us gain weight this time of year and then don’t shed the pounds […]

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The friend I made from the storm

By the time I learned the solitary woman’s last name, it was a couple of weeks after we met, and then only by email. It had taken some time to restore electricity to her home after the hurricane, she wrote. “Thank you for being a kind stranger to me,” she said. At the time, kindness […]

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The strongest is the one who stands alone

The great 19-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is considered by many historians to be “the father of modern drama.” His plays, many of which are considered masterpieces include “A Doll’s House,” “Hedda Gabler,” “The Wild Duck” and “An Enemy of the People.” According to Wikipedia, Ibsen is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world […]

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The good news is that the booming natural gas drilling in West Virginia’s Marcellus Shale field “continues to have a positive impact on West Virginia’s economy” according to a report from the Department of Commerce’s Workforce West Virginia division. But there is concern that too few of these new jobs are being filled by West […]

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There are many roads, but only one journey

Have you ever been on some of the really old roads in Appalachia or New England, or England or Ireland, that have been used for so long that the passage of feet and hooves and wheels has worn a deep groove in the earth? Driving or walking on such a road means that all you […]

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Grandma loved that ‘Meller Apple’

I enjoyed Nora’s story “Visiting the Cider Mill” in the Oct. 16 issue of the Hampshire Review. Since it was about one of my favorite subjects, old-time apples, I searched my memory as well as books on the subject in order to do a follow-up article. Since my 2-part story, The White Thing, had already […]

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