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Ag potential is great in Jefferson Co.

I recently spent two days in Jefferson County, visiting a variety of farms, markets and other agriculture-related facilities. The goal of the tour was to find ways the WVDA can help boost the agriculture industry in West Virginia’s easternmost county. Jefferson County is uniquely poised to make substantial strides in its agricultural economy. First, it […]

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Make minimum wage? You’re paid too much

“Let’s raise the minimum wage to $30 per hour, and then we’ll all make a good living.” — State Delegate Larry Kump, R-Berkeley, as quoted by Russell Mokhiber at his Morgan County USA blog. Don’t worry. Larry Kump was only being facetious. Kump has no love for the minimum wage, which he views as a […]

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Deficits do add up, and badly

In a few short weeks we are going to bump up against the debt ceiling once again. In reality, the debt ceiling doesn’t really matter. Congress just keeps kicking that can down the road. In fact, focusing on the debt ceiling is just political sleight of hand that distracts from the real issue: the deficit. […]

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For the birds

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For the birds

It kind of cracks me up. Before the construction of Route 37 (such as it is) the customary route to points south of Winchester, Va., was to use a short remnant of old Route 50 bypassed by the “new” 4-lane a short distance to Singhass Road. Singhass Road eventually intersects with Cedar Creek Grade at […]

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Applications for the 2013 antlerless deer, bear seasons are out

Even though it’s the middle of summer another hunting season is only a couple of months away. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources now has applications available for the 2013 Antlerless Deer and Bear seasons. Hunters in 19 counties will be able to bear hunt on private land during the two-week buck season this […]

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There are enough stories concerning the rise and fall of thoroughbreds to fill an encyclopaedia. Some are even factual. Most, however, have their theme guided by a quirky trainer or an owner whose future is tied to a wayward comet. A few thoroughbreds come out of nowhere. A larger number are lumped with horses whose […]

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Brick by brick, John Brown’s fort was much-traveled

Not too many buildings still standing in this country have the track record that the John Brown fort has in regards to the miles it has traveled over the years. The building, made most famous as the engine house where John Brown was captured at Harpers Ferry on Oct. 18, 1859, traveled to Chicago and […]

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‘Unfinished business’ includes coming out as gay

Rod Snyder’s discussion of his sexuality came in a farewell letter he entitled “Unfinished Business.” He said he received hundreds of supportive messages following his disclosure during the Young Democrats’ annual convention in Texas. Earlier this summer, Snyder cited personal and professional reasons in announcing that he would not run for the seat in Congress […]

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‘Eight’ not enough for EPA

West Virginia’s Lois Alt is back in the news again. I’ve mentioned her before in this space. She is the plucky poultry farmer whose family owns the Eight is Enough chicken farm in Hardy County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The farm is so named because the Alt family decided to stay small, […]

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30 seconds over ‘West-minister

Part of this tractor repair reminded me of the wartime movie “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” starring Van Johnson and Marlin Brando. In the movie, much time and effort was spent preparing for something that was over in 30 seconds. Hence the title. The tractor resides at a rented equestrian facility not far from U.S. 50 […]

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