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Countdown to Apple Blossom

Author’s note: This story, “Countdown to Apple Blossom” originally appeared in Antique Power magazine in July 2009. I thought that since the publication of this paper falls on a date during the Apple Blossom Festival, it would be timely to use it again here.   “Paint covers a multitude of sins.” — Roy Higgins, Belle […]

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Lawmakers: What they left in, what they left out

Some of the bills that didn’t pass at the 60-day regular legislative session deserved to die. And there were some significant ones that did pass with little or no fanfare. First of all, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held true to his promise that he wasn’t going to raise taxes on individuals. And he didn’t, but […]

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On the Senate floor last week, I quoted John Adams’ famous remark that “facts are stubborn things.” It was my way of warning the groups who were spreading misinformation about my background check legislation that facts, not lies, ultimately prevail. Unfortunately, my commonsense bill had a setback last week. The legislation got bipartisan support from […]

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‘I struggle with guilt at finishing’

Please take a moment and appreciate your legs and your loved ones. As I write this on Monday afternoon, I am thinking how this time last week I was in Boston running away from bombs. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng […]

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‘W e have met the enemy’

The framers of our Constitution believed in freedom and were intent on limiting the power of government. I have come across commentary that calls this a “quaint notion.” There are some that are uncomfortable with this idea because it implies an adversarial relationship between us and government. On the flip side of the argument, I […]

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Progress on the farm

Since this is a column in the farm section, we might assume that all readers are familiar with the three-point tractor hitch. However, there was a time that I wasn’t aware of this apparatus. We never had a three-point hitch on the New Jersey farm. Our ‘40s vintage Allis Chalmers WF tractor simply wasn’t so […]

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Amount of waste from farm to plate is food for thought

Putting a meal on the table for a husband and 10 kids during the Great Depression gave my grandmother an up close and personal view of the adage: Waste not; want not. OK, so it was a recession, not a depression that we just went through, but a lousy economy is a lousy economy and […]

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When laws are like a box of chocolates

The West Virginia Legislature completed its 2013 session over this past weekend. I can now breathe a sigh of relief. Legislation is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. Legislators take an oath to defend the Constitution, but I’m of the belief that they should also take an […]

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Day after day, we are called to be ‘ordinary’

Saturday night, I walked out on Zachary Taylor Street in Harpers Ferry beneath the night sky to look for the aurora borealis. Scanning north across the Potomac, there did seem to be a greenish cast to the heavens above Maryland Heights. Much more spectacular was the “every day” night sky to the west, where Jupiter […]

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Grate expectations

The Old Hippie (aka wife, Stephanie) is pawing away in the garden already. I usually like to fire up our classic, antiquated red Troy-Built tiller and turn up a straight and orderly seedbed, then just kind of look at it for a while. The newly-turned soil amid the fresh green grass and budding apple trees […]

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