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Thanksgiving is upon us

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At its last meeting, the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee voted to remove a sitting member, Chris Anders — one of two representative on the committee from the Shepherdstown magisterial district.

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The dust has finally settled on the 2014 elections. I’m going to take this opportunity to offer some random observations, thoughts and musings as to what transpired on Nov. 4. It was indeed an historic day here in West Virginia with what state Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts described as “a game-changing election.”

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Well, it’s election time and that means that it is also finger-pointing season. Every election season Democrats and their supporters harrumph about which Republicans attended what forum. A recent editorial in the Spirit pointed out that local Republican candidates for the West Virginia House of Delegates were no-shows for the NAACP forum; in the state Senate race […]

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The real fraud behind voter fraud

Republicans claim ID laws protect our democracy — but don’t you believe it It’s been more than 20 years since Republicans thought they’d found the panacea for what ailed them at the end of every election cycle – the answer was term limits. Said the nascent Republican punditocracy of the time, the Democratic Party was […]

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MoveOn recently ran a contest. Soliciting submissions from the public, it said, “Together with our friends at MAYDAY.US, we’re working to produce a powerful, 30-second ad about the problem of money in politics.” By the way, MAYDAY.US on its website discloses that it has raised more than $10.5 million and describes itself as a “Super […]

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According to Wikipedia, “Progressivism is a broad philosophy based on the idea of progress, which asserts that advances in science, technology, economic development, and social organization can improve the human condition.” According to one website called Dissident Voice that describes itself as “a radical newsletter in the struggle for peace and social justice,” progressivism “is […]

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The performing arts in Charles Town are alive and well

During my 12 years living in Charles Town, I have enjoyed the beautiful landscape of Jefferson County and the town’s rich history. All the passion I have for our little town seems at odds with a woman who begrudgingly moved here due to her Air Force husband’s transfer to Washington, D.C., in 2001. But there […]

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Last month, an article authored by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel appeared in The Atlantic entitled “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” In it, Emanuel declares his intention, upon reaching that age, to refuse any and all medical attention — anything that would be for the purpose of prolonging his life. His reasoning: the vast majority of people […]

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Albert Einstein is said to have defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Here in West Virginia we have had one party rule for more than 80 years. That’s more than three generations. Over that timespan the economic performance of our state has been, by all metrics, […]

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