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[cleeng_content id=”744345899″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] The legislative session in Charleston is in full swing. To some this might recall the famous quote, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” There seems to be some debate as to who actually said it. In doing a little research […]

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[cleeng_content id=”639984563″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] Once again, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is working hard to restrict access to women’s health care. This week, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey signed on to an amicus brief in the Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp Case against the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, supporting the company’s request to […]

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On not wanting to keep the shooting range in range of me

[cleeng_content id=”603927708″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]I always try to take notice of the more or less subtle feature of the landscape over which I travel. For years now, one of these features has been almost constant in one particular expanse of my tractor repair route. Back in the day, it was common for me […]

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Legislation, lawsuits follow chemical spill

[cleeng_content id=”875169154″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] On Jan. 21, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced proposed legislation to give state government more clout in inspecting facilities like the one responsible for the recent chemical leak that left some 300,000 people in Kanawha County and the surrounding region without safe drinking water. The legislation, titled the […]

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The day federal troops swarmed a harness factory in Ranson

[cleeng_content id=”326186019″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] On July 15, 1921, federal troops arrived on the streets of Ranson. They arrived – not to stop a riot or a gang war — but to try to halt a large sale being conducted by a large harness maker that was located in the industrial section of […]

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[cleeng_content id=”267135946″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] Three days can make the difference of a lifetime for West Virginia’s veterans. Making the transition back to civilian life and work environments after serving in the field can be a difficult challenge, especially for the newer and younger generation of servicemen and women who were deployed several […]

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In the war against crime, neatness counts

[cleeng_content id=”631276608″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] The economic advantages of commuting to the Shenandoah Valley and the Washington, D.C., areas fade dramatically with each mountain that must be climbed and descended, often under perilous conditions. The obvious dangers are ice and snow and deer and bears (oh my) that appear out of nowhere. Night […]

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Demise of W.Va. Democratic Party is much exaggerated

At least two major national newspapers have published articles in recent months indicating that the Democratic Party in our state is on the verge of collapse and that West Virginia will turn solidly Republican over the next few election cycles. To borrow from Mark Twain, reports of the West Virginia Democratic Party’s death are greatly […]

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Previously, I stated that the establishments of both major parties on the national level appear to be systematically alienating their rank and file. A recent Gallup Poll indicates that independent is now the most popular voter affiliation in the nation at 42 percent on average for 2013. Democrats come in second at 31 percent with […]

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We need to steer clear of bad economic ideas

Applause, please. As other state governments face insolvency and credit downgrades, West Virginia finds itself in a somewhat enviable position. Although our revenues are down, our credit rating remains strong at AA+ and insolvency need not be a real threat. Getting to this position was no easy task. According to FitchRating, West Virginia earned this […]

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