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Don’t stop growth when  we’re not growing

One of the important issues regarding the revision of the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan has to do with growth. The Plan includes proposals to address how to accommodate future growth, or as some suggest, how to control it. One of the recurring themes I kept hearing at meetings is that we need to manage future […]

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Where’s the outrage on Massey revelations?

A few days ago Laurence Leamer, author of the new book “The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption,” tweeted, “Why hasn’t the West Virginia (press) asked why Don Blankenship has not been indicted for his role in the Upper Big Branch disaster?” Leamer’s question is rhetorical and in the haiku of […]

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In 1862, Antietam images gave first glimpse at war

The image may be hard to decipher at first, but squint a little and the crumpled, lifeless bodies of Confederate soldiers materialize. The bodies twist and melt into each other, eventually blurring out. It’s difficult to tell if the line ends or is swallowed up by the ominous black shadows in the distance. Two dark, […]

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W.Va. business climate needs a change

An article in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch about a week ago proclaimed a milestone for the Toyota engine and transmission plant in Buffalo — it had produced its 10 millionth power train, the first plant outside of Japan to reach that milestone. The event was attended by some heavyweights, including the honorary chairman of Toyota, Shoichiro […]

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Shareholders deserve a voice in political spending

A battle of major consequence for American democracy is slowly unfolding behind closed doors at the Securities Exchange Commission. A proposal sent to the SEC by a group of law professors would give the shareholders of publicly traded corporations the right to know how their invested funds are being put to political use. The immediate […]

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Expanding Medicaid in W.Va. has already cost money

West Virginia finally decided last Thursday that it will expand its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the announcement during a news conference in Charleston as West Virginia became the final state in the nation to make its decision. Twenty states and the District of Columbia had already […]

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Aging is the unavoidable journey

It’s May Day as I write this. It is a perfect first day of May, with bright sun, but not too hot. It’s the sort of day that makes you feel young. I am wearing my Helen Wikowski Australian knotted raffia sun hat with the rolled brim. (Of course I can’t afford a hat like […]

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This spring, berries take the cake

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How to kill an economy

Sometimes a statistic seems obviously wrong and even absurd. It’s duly put on some back shelf of the mind where, if we had a choice, it would be forgotten. But, memories are not chosen and it’s a good thing because sometimes we begin to notice events occurring that the statistic would have predicted. And earlier […]

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The U.N. has its own agenda and it’s not yours

Most people have never heard of a United Nations initiative called Agenda 21. The result of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro, the initiative was signed by 178 countries including the United States. Wikipedia calls it “an action agenda for the U.N., other multilateral organizations, and […]

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