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‘Momentum’ is the word on the street in Charles Town

How is Charles Town doing? As president of the board of directors for Discover Downtown Charles Town this is a question I have been getting asked a lot lately. As a Charles Town business owner, I also care deeply about the answer to this question. One of the words that comes to my mind when […]

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Recently, the Jefferson County Commission published a FAQ sheet – that stands for Frequently Asked Questions — apparently in response to the public uproar that the enactment of the new ambulance fee has caused. The county calls it a fee. I call it what it is – a tax. The uproar seems to have caught […]

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Although we don’t have free markets, market forces still prevail eventually in spite of all the interventions wrought by government. The laws of economics are as immutable as the laws of physics – ignore them at your peril. Like gravity, supply and demand and competition in the marketplace are forces that cannot be circumvented by […]

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First taste of fall

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First taste of fall

Try apples in pies, dumplings, apple butter, side dishes, more There’s nothing quite like biting into an apple so juicy you’re left with evidence running down your chin. While the fruit is a favorite all year round in pies, salads and as a snack, fall is an especially good time to dig in. When wondering what […]

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In the early 19th century, British soldiers who were in engaged in battle during the Napoleonic wars used to toast one another with the expression “Confusion to the French.” Lately I’m seeing some confusion on the part of scandal-fatigued supporters of the current administration. There are some that would lead you to believe that the […]

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The sad, outrageous case of Peggy ‘The Fixer’ Workman

When voters back in 1988 elected Democrat Peggy Workman to the state Supreme Court – making her the first woman elected to statewide office in West Virginia – many of them likely were thinking a woman in such a powerful position would bring good for women as a whole. On the court, Workman became an […]

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I attended the most recent meeting of the Eastern Panhandle Business Association earlier this month. On its website the EPBA says that it has been described as a “Chamber of Commerce with Attitude.” For the record, I belong to both the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the EPBA and I would be inclined to […]

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Persuade voters? Republicans prefer to create confusion

Maybe you’ve heard about GOP operatives leaving helpful leaflets in poor, heavily Democratic neighborhoods with the heading, “DON’T FORGET TO VOTE” and then in smaller print, “Republicans vote Tuesday / Democrats vote Wednesday.” It’s become something that Republicans joke about – they say that no such leaflets were ever handed out, no such mass emails […]

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Filmmaker Michael Moore was recently divorced from his wife of 22 years. This, in and of itself, wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy, except for details that became part of the court record. His net worth was revealed to be in excess of $50 million. Yep, Michael Moore is a card carrying member of the 1 percent. […]

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The town the river gave and the river took away

Even the most ardent Jefferson County resident, if asked the names of incorporated towns in the county, would likely leave out the town of Virginius. Yet Virginius — located on Virginius Island at Harpers Ferry — was incorporated by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia on Jan. 8, 1827. The approval was contingent […]

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