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Toffee tale: Butter, sugar, pecans and chocolate … mmm

It’s another Christmas and another opportunity to bring new addicts on board. I know it sounds sinister for this gentle season, but there’s a reason some people refer to me as “the crack dealer.” There’s just something about that toffee. The recipe came into my possession several years ago from a friend who now no […]

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Business incentives maligned by N.Y. Times

A recent article in the New York Times reported that West Virginia spends more than $1 billion in tax credits and incentives each year to recruit and retain businesses in this state.  The article said the Mountain State spends more per person on this than any other state except Alaska. West Virginia Commerce Commissioner Keith […]

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What Lincoln did and didn’t do on slavery

On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln used his war powers to issue his famous Emancipation Proclamation. The document proclaimed freedom for slaves in the states of rebellion. Of interest locally was that Berkeley County and the other 47 counties in the process of forming the new state of West Virginia were specifically exempt even […]

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Want to make food gifts special? Contain yourself!

KEARNEYSVILLE – During the holidays, I love giving – and receiving – thoughtful, customized gifts. If you’re looking to offer a food gift that’s special, consider spicing up cookies, jams and other homemade items by using a variety of containers. When I give a jar of jam, apple butter or soup, I use pinking shears […]

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Dialogues by churches seek to stay spending cuts

There is a popular adage that religion and politics don’t mix. But state leaders of three major religious denominations clearly decided to test that theory at a recent meeting with U. S. Sen. Joe Manchin. They told Manchin they want the President and Congress to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” on Jan. 1, 2013 that […]

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Boydville fire sale leaves farmland board burned

The story goes that Martinsburg’s historic Boydville estate and onetime home of Gen. Elisha Boyd was rescued during the Civil War by President Lincoln, who stopped a marauding army of Union soldiers from torching the place. Nevertheless, the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board last week approved the sale for $500,000 of the property in what […]

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The U.S. should stop standing in the way of Palestinian statehood

The near-total isolation of U.S. diplomatic policy from that of the overwhelming majority of the world in its stance on Palestine ought to be troubling to us as citizens. The United States’ vote two weeks ago against granting Palestine non-member observer status at the United Nations General Assembly means our government stands virtually alone against […]

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New rules to offset states’ gaming gains

This state’s gravy train of legalized gambling revenue is about to be derailed by surrounding states seeking a share of this easy money. So it’s no surprise that the state Lottery Commission approved a new policy last week to allow the use of the casino at The Greenbrier by people who book one-day bus trips […]

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Bullying and the journey to forgiveness — it gets better

Someone asked me to write about bullying. As it happens, I have a story of my own. The day I graduated from high school, I watched the captain of the football team walk out the front door, surrounded, as usual, by friends. Walking past his habitual hangout, now empty, to return my graduation robes to […]

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