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A lecture on money until the curtain rises again

As I stated in a previous column, I had no doubt that the debt ceiling would be raised and that an agreement would be reached to fund the federal government, at least on an interim basis. The debt ceiling drama is currently in intermission. The curtain has temporarily been brought down on this political theater. […]

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An Affordable Care Act guide for employers

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March 2010, is a set of health insurance reforms aimed at making preventative care more accessible to Americans. The ACA allows for the distribution of health insurance to those who wouldn’t have the ability to acquire it otherwise. Nationwide, approximately 15 percent of people don’t have health […]

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Quail hunting on Thanksgiving morning

KEARNEYSVILLE — Traditions come in as many varieties as there are families or sports to choose from. In the fall of the year, some prefer the outdoors with a trained dog while others seek a comfortable armchair and settle in for watching football in between naps. When Jefferson County was mostly orchard land and farmland, […]

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Remembering Karl Timmermann, the WWII hero of Remagen

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ken Hechler, a Long Island, N.Y., native who found success working in D.C. and went on to represent West Virginia in Congress and serve as West Virginia Secretary of State. Today, he is 99 and living in Hampshire County. Among his books are 1957’s “The Bridge at Remagen: The Amazing Story of March […]

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Dog days of Halloween

Maybe this year I’ll buy a bag of miniature Snickers on the off chance I’ll actually get some trick-or-treaters. If not, I’ll hide them and dole out the treats to myself, making them last at least a week. No kids live on my street, which is the problem, and obviously the rest of the city’s […]

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Safety is key at Freedom’s Run, but at mud runs?

Last week as Freedom’s Run founder Mark Cucuzzella talked about how he approached creating alternate routes for the event’s marathon and other road races once the shutdown of the federal government had put federal parklands off limits, it was clear that he’d placed participants’ safety front and center. “We wanted to keep the race on […]

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When is spending $1 million a good deal and spending $58,000 not such a good deal?Recent decisions by the Jefferson County Commission answer that question. I voted with my fellow commissioners to approve spending tax dollars on two very important projects. Implementing a computer-aided dispatch system for emergency personnel, such as police, fire and medical […]

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Morrisey resorts to ‘burdensome regulations’ to thwart Obamacare

Obamacare is a patchwork conglomeration of body parts snatched from our public and private healthcare systems and cobbled together in the hope of providing universal coverage. Sadly, it achieves only a semblance of that goal. But, flawed as it is, Obamacare is superior to what went before it – a healthcare system whose cost has […]

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Citizens must protect themselves against health insurance scams

On Oct. 1, health insurance exchanges opened in West Virginia and throughout the nation to sign people up for insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This is a significant change because for the first time ever, every American citizen will be required to have health insurance by Jan. 1 or face […]

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I took part in ‘our’ House’s barricading

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