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The rise of the independent voter

About a month ago I brought to your attention statements made by the West Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates Tim Miley. In an interview with MetroNews, he intimated that the House is mostly bipartisan with regard to voting on and enacting legislation. By implication he appeared to be saying that he himself approaches […]

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I am weeping for my West Virginia

CHARLESTON – Here in Charleston, we are an official federal disaster area. A coal-cleaning chemical spill into the Elk River has contaminated the water supply for much of nine counties, including the state capital, where I live. We are warned not to drink, cook with, wash dishes with, do laundry with, or bathe in our […]

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Many lives had the grand old Hilltop House Hotel

With the renewed interest in the possible reopening of the Historic Hilltop House in Harpers Ferry, I thought it would be a good time to look back to how the old hotel actually came into being. The hotel first opened in 1888, built by African Americans Thomas S. Lovett and his wife, Lavonia, a couple […]

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Too soon old and  too late smart

“I’ve been wallowing in that snow for 25 years,” I’ve heard myself say in reference to my decision to stay close to a warm shop stove this winter. I was a little surprised to hear this coming from me of all people. Over the years, I’ve considered winter to be no more than summer with […]

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican who represents Kentucky, is taking some flak for comments he made about the danger of extending unemployment benefits to the nation’s jobless. He said to do so would be a “disservice.” Says Paul: “When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to […]

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In my last column I expressed a New Year’s wish that everyone reflect on what is the true purpose of government. I am of the view that individuals have unalienable rights and that the government’s primary purpose is to ensure that those rights are protected. I would call that the original mission statement of the […]

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Population declines could cost W.Va. another seat in Congress

West Virginia achieved a somewhat dubious distinction last summer of being the state with the biggest loss in population during the annual tabulation. According to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, this state’s population dipped from an estimate of 1,856,680 on July 1, 2012 to 1,854,34 on July 1, 2013. The only […]

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Small businesses are key to a diversified economy

I was pleased to be appointed to serve on a newly reformed Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and committee in the House of Delegates. Speaker Tim Miley specifically chose delegates for the committee who are either current or former owners of small businesses. Too often the people who talk about jobs and business have […]

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At the end of December, I always find it easy to feel hopeful about keeping my New Year’s resolutions. As we settle firmly into the second week of the year, however, I have to become more realistic. It’s clear already that many of the items on my long laundry list of new intentions for 2014 […]

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Another deer season in the history books

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by already and deer season is over. As December ends, it’s time to oil the rifle and put it back in the gun case until fall. I finally picked up all of my hunting stuff and washed all of those clothes that I’ve been hearing about […]

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