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When wheels take flight

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WVU, Terps need wins not platitudes

BALTIMORE — Throw out the meaningless platitudes. Per usual, they mean nothing. Don’t listen to the tripe about West Virginia and Maryland recruiting the same areas. Or each side’s players knowing each other from high school. Or that the rivalry has intensified since the Mountaineers no longer play Pittsburgh and Maryland wants its revenge for […]

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Teaching job lured Long Islander to the Mountain State

Editor’s note: Former West Virginia Congressman and Secretary of State Ken Hechler, who marks his 99th birthday on Friday, this week writes about how he first became connected with West Virginia. Readers can send questions to him directly at kenhechler@gmail.com.   SLANESVILLE – I was born in Nassau County, Long Island, about 35 miles from […]

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(Wink, wink) No new ‘taxes’ to  fuel state road funding increases

It sounds a lot like “smoke and mirrors,” but members of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways indicated to reporters last week that they have come up with a way to generate $1.1 billion to fund state road improvements and maintenance without raising taxes. Actually, commission members are recommending the state increase tolls on […]

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Moore-Manchin alliance shutting  door on Democrat run for Senate

Although it is obvious to those of us who know the long-ago facts, one reason Shelley Moore Capito avoids meaningful Democrat opposition in next year’s election appears to escape most state voters and pundits. When a retired politician asked me last week why state Democrats cannot muster a strong candidate to challenge the Republican Capito, […]

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In my opinion, 1947 was a good year for many hungry families. It was then that the Christian Rural Overseas Program was founded. The program’s primary mission was to help Midwest farm families share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. Beginning in 1969, the Church World Services organization began […]

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W.Va.’s substance abuse problem merits review

Substance abuse is a terrible plague on our state and a growing problem nationally. West Virginia has one of the highest prescription drug overdose rates in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Thousands of babies in our state are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome because their mothers used drugs or alcohol during […]

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September 11th and the bottle rocket’s red glare

This story was composed in September of 2008 and was featured on my website www.oldblacktruck.com. As far as I can tell, September Eleventh — probably not the 9/11 you’re familiar with — has never appeared in the printed media. As for the website, it has simply disappeared though the server continued to deduct their monthly […]

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For former lawmaker,  life began in New York

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Artomatic for the people

Next month, a free, one-of-a-kind art event debuts in Charles Town Artomatic@Jefferson is transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression while creating community and expanding economic development. The all-volunteer effort will bring a month-long celebration of all the arts to Jefferson County starting Oct. 4. Some 40 visual artists have registered to showcase […]

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