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Attitudes must change about scourge of drug use in W.Va.

About 800 people attending a national summit in Orlando, Florida last week spent three days discussing ways to cure this country’s deadly fascination with drugs. Congressman Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., kicked off the event by warning those present that America is engaged in a “societal war” that must be won to guarantee its future. He knows, […]

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How financially literate are you?

Only about half of all Americans regularly review their credit reports. About one third do not use any type of budget to manage their family expenditures. Social Security benefits will account for only two-fifths of the projected income for baby boomers at age 67. When it comes to financial literacy, most Americans are flunking. No […]

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Healthy eating —riiiiight

Before our first child was born, my husband and I had a great dream. Our child was going to eat healthy foods. I would breastfeed to start him out on his path. When he got older and on solid foods, we would buy all organic products to make his meals out of and he would […]

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“No government ought to be without censors, and where the press is free, no one ever will.” —Thomas Jefferson The words above are those of Thomas Jefferson, whose 269th birthday we note this week, and that were formed in the midst of the great 18-century disagreement between the Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the […]

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Life’s sideshow on wheels

Four years ago I climbed aboard the bus and haven’t looked back. Living as I do in a city with a pretty good mass transit system, you won’t find me bemoaning the high price of fuel or needlessly filling up my grocery cart just to receive the gas perk points. Those of you who take […]

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Despite economic woes, road fund surplus paves way for Dems’ election hopes

West Virginia’s economy has experienced a series of recent misfortunes that suggest this state still has a long way to go to improve its status in the increasingly complex competition for events that can help enhance the Mountain State’s financial future. First there are the continuing concerns about whether the latest tax break rushed though […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – The battle between National Park Service Ranger Rob Danno and his superiors over more than 100 trees axed at the request of Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder has been called not the shootout at the OK Corral but the “showdown at the C&O Canal.” As the Shepherdstown resident details in his new book, […]

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Honey, Hope, and Resurrection

Last night, as I was sleeping I dreamt—marvelous error! — That I had a beehive Here inside my heart. And the golden bees Were making white combs And sweet honey From my old failures. — Antonio Machado It is still Lent as I write this; the 40 days’ journey to Resurrection is not yet complete, […]

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The siren’s song

On occasion, usually in an urban setting (for some unknown reason), I speak in the manner of Garrison Kiellor’s Norwegian rural Minnesota characters. This is especially easy for me having spent much time visiting the Norwegian colony at Griggstown, N.J. One early spring day, Stephanie and I were aboard the Metro train near Falls Church, […]

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Hospice care adds life to end-of-life care

One of the ways hospice programs measure their effectiveness is by looking at the percentage of deaths in a particular area that are hospice deaths — those individuals who have hospice care at the time of death. The number is calculated the same way across the country, and is obtained by comparing the total number […]

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