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Charles Town Library celebrating Elsie Murphy, and 85 years

CHARLES TOWN – The Charles Town Library will celebrate its 85th year of providing library services to the people of Jefferson County with a special event next week. Elsie Bogardus Murphy, who was born Nov. 12, 1881, is credited with making the Old Charles Town Library possible. The library was formally established in 1928 when, […]

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Why state’s lawmakers should back medical marijuana

GRAFTON – Since the dawn of time, people all over the world have used roots and herbs as medicine. West Virginians know, from our ancestors and from the native Indians that lived here before us, the importance of the plants and animals that inhabit our lands, as well as the medicinal and therapeutic value that […]

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The party of ‘inclusion’  – for members only

The so-called “tea party” must be doing something right. The rhetoric from Democrats is intensifying and it is starting to get downright ugly. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida sent out a fundraising email letter with a heading that described it as “no more popular than the Klan.” The email included a graphic that depicted […]

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Manchin’s debtophobia

Joe Manchin has built a successful political career by running as a Democrat on Republican economic policies. His tenure as West Virginia governor had as its centerpiece business tax cuts taken straight from the American Legislative Exchange Council’s playbook. Those cuts sucked money out of the state’s economy in the form of tax savings for […]

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In bad times and in good, loved ones’ thoughtfulness is a lifesaver

KEARNEYSVILLE – Faced with an illness, accident or death in the family, many of us are fortunate enough to get a hand from relatives, neighbors and friends. Even in happier times such as the arrival of a baby, families often find themselves in need of a hand. A number of months ago, I underwent major […]

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The long ago sightings of the White Thing

With late October in mind, I thought that I would write about the time that a ghost (that’s right — a real regulation white ghost that would emerge nightly from an old graveyard) floated throughout the abandoned and overgrown farm fields of our rural New Jersey community in the late ‘60s. I should mention that […]

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High-spending races promised for U.S. Senate, House seats

Donors are already ponying up big money for candidates running for the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. John D. Rockefeller. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant raised more than $150,000 in the first 13 days of her campaign. But that paled in comparison to the $777,500 raised during the same period by […]

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Ranson Renewed progress slowed with fed shutdown

Ranson is a small city in the Washington D.C. area that has struggled through years of economic challenges, including the closure of several major manufacturing plants and the loss of hundreds of jobs. But Ranson is poised for an economic and community revival, with new businesses seeking to locate in the city and new community […]

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Most of us hope there is a silver lining even in the darkest cloud. I’m hoping the dark cloud of the government shutdown does indeed have a silver lining – the possibility that despite such a debacle we may finally be closer to a long-term solution to our budget deficit and staggering national debt. The […]

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When Washington knows best, you can bet your boots there’s a vote being courted somewhere. Washington’s chosen “winners” benefit. The chosen “losers” are dismissed as “special interests.” At its core, that’s the story of the federal government’s requirement that gasoline be diluted with alcohol. It was to be the Washington solution to imported oil and […]

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