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Booth Goodwin: No more Newtowns

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last December when 20 children and six adults were shot to death, school officials and law enforcement officials in every state have been exploring options to prevent such a horrific event from being repeated in their jurisdictions. Here in West Virginia, U. S. […]

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Common standards are rotten to the Core

In the recent session of the state Legislature, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 359, which was introduced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and touted as a comprehensive education reform bill. To my mind, the legislation was like putting a small Band-aid on a large and serious wound. It is now almost a year and a half […]

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NSA is the real rogue

Bryan Clark Since the scandal over broad domestic surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency broke last week, it has been reported that sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have skyrocketed. This begs an obvious question: Who is buying these books? Is it a public that wishes to ponder the implications of a steadily expanding […]

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As I write, it is Father’s Day, and I am remembering my father, Henry Hanson Caldwell. My father was funny, bright, and also could be Very Serious. (Look out, here comes a lecture, kids!) He loved to “mess around in boats.” He would say we were going fishing on the Rock River, and sometimes we […]

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Wearing the gumboots

Author’s note: My parallel universe (tractor repair) has been keeping me occupied with emergencies as the tractors that I’ve been servicing over the years keep trying to return to the Earth from which they were originally mined. Here’s another “encore presentation.” “Gum Boots” first appeared in Antique Power Magazine in the spring of 2012. Those […]

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West Virginia is nothing if not a dual-natured state. On one hand, it was during the “War between the States” that a dedicated, wily few decided to form a new free-leaning state – finally wresting unsuspecting Eastern Panhandle slavery-leaning counties from the Old Dominion by hook or by crook to secure the railroads heading west. […]

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Our state has a unique history

West Virginia does, in fact, have an amazing history. Residents of Berkeley and Jefferson counties might have a unique perspective on that history though. Many of those old Berkeley and Jefferson County families and their descendants trace their roots deep into old Virginia and those ties remain strong today. When the state was formed in […]

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My name is Paul Jackson and I have so many reasons to be proud of the state I live in — West Virginia. One reason for being proud of living in the state is that 88 years ago — on June 20 — I was born in Millville. I have lived in the state all […]

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The heaven I call home

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state admitted to the Union. The land was rugged and huge virgin timber towered over these hills and hollows. Most early settlers staked out the rich fertile bottomlands first. Along these rivers huge virgin oaks, walnuts, yellow poplars, sycamores and other hardwoods grew plentiful in the […]

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Jefferson County residents fought for Union

On this, the 150th commemoration of the United States Colored Troops and their contributions to the Civil War, I thought it was timely to talk a bit about the local African-American men who participated in the Union army. The Bureau of U.S. Colored Troops was established on May 22, 1863. With the able assistance of […]

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