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Should W.Va. expand teen drug court statewide?

It may come as a surprise to some people that West Virginia is among the top 10 states when it comes to the number of individuals between 18 and 25 who are dealing with illicit drug dependence. That’s why the push now underway to add more drug courts for juveniles is so critical. Lora Maynard, […]

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Just who is watching  the watchmen?

The number of scandals is really starting to pile up, prompting some in the mainstream media to suggest that the president has lost control of his administration. The criticism is coming from sources one wouldn’t expect. In response to the recent IRS scandal Piers Morgan said this to comedian Penn Jillette on his CNN program: […]

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Journalism: the worst  job in the world

The other week Forbes Magazine hurt my feelings. They said that being a newspaper reporter is the worst job in the world when you consider pay, benefits and working conditions. Lumberjacks, mail carriers and flight attendants were the careers that came closest to the bottom of the heap status where my chosen profession has landed. […]

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I feel that it is my clear public duty to write this column. Under the current stewardship of Shepherd University, semester attendance has been cut by two weeks, graduation requirements (number of course hours) have been cut and it is apparent that standards are slipping precipitously. The current president of Shepherd, Suzanne Shipley, is a […]

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‘Leeches! I must have more leeches!

“Leeches! I must have more leeches!” That’s the economist, Jared Bernstein, parodying British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, by portraying Osborne as a medieval physician practicing bloodletting to rid his patient, the British economy, of “evil humors.” It’s a figurative, but sadly accurate characterization of Britain’s failed policy of budgetary austerity to which Osborne […]

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‘I’m in the garden – go away,’ the wife says

The Old Hippie (aka wife Stephanie) has been spending a lot of time in her little hand-turned garden patch of late. She keeps the phone down there and when I called her from the shop at North River Mills, she requested a five-gallon bucket of cow manure from the barn. When I tried to make […]

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Protect the public’s right to know

BRYAN CLARK The leadership of the Department of Justice ought to be routed for the blatant contempt they showed for the First Amendment last week when they seized the Associated Press’s phone records. Attorney General Eric Holder, while noting that he had not ordered the seizure, defended it nonetheless, saying that a 2012 story written […]

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Clumsy moves from Obama

During the Watergate brouhaha — the real one 40 years ago — I was one of a number of newspaper reporters who received telephone calls from people purporting to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service. I was told I might be subject to an audit of my income taxes so it would be wise […]

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Ted Nugent wrong on gun rules

I’m a member of the National Rifle Association and a former Army officer with assignments in the military police, artillery, and operations research and intelligence at the Pentagon. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of […]

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Plan now to be part of Relay For Life

Two emotional activities will be part of Jefferson County’s Relay For Life event next month at Charles Town Middle School football field: the Survivors Lap and the Luminaria Ceremony. On June 22 at 2 p.m., cancer survivors from the Jefferson County area – anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer – are invited to […]

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