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Welcome to the new  not-so-normal

As of this writing the partial shutdown of the government continues. The House has tried its best to cave in to the president, offering a “compromise” short-term continuing resolution that was rejected. Continuing resolutions used to be considered an emergency measure to be used as a last resort to keep the government operating until a […]

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The flip-flop at the heart of the debt limit flap

As of this writing, the shutdown of the government has entered its second week and the rhetoric has intensified. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blames the impasse on what he calls the “Tea Party anarchists.” Right on cue, stories in the press about a recent Gallup poll show “tea party support is near an all-time […]

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Facebook ‘Like’ and get suckered

Read the following post that’s currently circulating on Facebook and see if you agree. “Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a […]

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Mixed signals make medical marijuana rules uncertain

Right now there is at least a faint hint that the 2014 state Legislature may consider a bill to authorize the legalization of medical marijuana. Advocates and some physicians now claim marijuana can alleviate some illnesses or other medical conditions. But the federal government doesn’t condone it so an anticipated debate about the issue looms […]

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Shepherdstown Area Independent Living’s goal is to enable its members to remain active, connected, independent and in their homes and community as long as possible. Since we officially opened our doors in January of 2012, our organization, which prides itself on being “member driven,” has changed its focus somewhat. While we do provide personal services […]

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As the crow flies

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As the crow flies

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When Custer came to Jefferson County’s Beall Air

One of Jefferson County’s Washington family homes is Beall Air, a house owned by Col. Lewis Washington, a great grand-nephew of George Washington. The home, which still stands today, is located just off Country Club Road about a mile north of U.S. 340 and is part of the Washington Heritage Trail Scenic Byway. The house […]

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Prosperity doesn’t suffer  in a compassionate society

An editorial currently circulating among state newspapers criticizes in unusually vitriolic terms Sean O’Leary of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy for a report in which he argues that proposed budget cuts to the federal food stamp program will, in addition to inflicting misery on the already needy, damage West Virginia’s economy. Describing […]

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Getting along by  getting away

I’ve asserted more than once in this space that the government that is most relevant is that which is closest to the people. Each locality has its own unique set of circumstances and, in theory, voters will choose representatives that will be aligned with their beliefs, interests, standards and approach to the issues. It takes […]

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Drawing nearer to God, one rung at a time

The journey to the nearer presence of God has evoked many images, such as pilgrimage and walking the labyrinth. There is also the image of the ladder — not always an easy climb. Following Jesus is about love, here and now, always, under easy circumstances and difficult. Not romantic love: that is, not idealizing another […]

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