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Demise of W.Va. Democratic Party is much exaggerated

At least two major national newspapers have published articles in recent months indicating that the Democratic Party in our state is on the verge of collapse and that West Virginia will turn solidly Republican over the next few election cycles. To borrow from Mark Twain, reports of the West Virginia Democratic Party’s death are greatly […]

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Grassroots growing around national parties

Previously, I stated that the establishments of both major parties on the national level appear to be systematically alienating their rank and file. A recent Gallup Poll indicates that independent is now the most popular voter affiliation in the nation at 42 percent on average for 2013. Democrats come in second at 31 percent with […]

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We need to steer clear of bad economic ideas

Applause, please. As other state governments face insolvency and credit downgrades, West Virginia finds itself in a somewhat enviable position. Although our revenues are down, our credit rating remains strong at AA+ and insolvency need not be a real threat. Getting to this position was no easy task. According to FitchRating, West Virginia earned this […]

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Now’s the time to plan your summer garden

MARTINSBURG – Don’t worry if you haven’t received any seed catalogs in the mail. Many catalogs are available online, and now is the time to plan and choose plants for your garden. Since seeds are small, compact and easy to mail many more choices are now available and affordable. Check the seed displays at your […]

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There’s nothing funny about a flood (well, maybe a little)

The build-up to the events of Jan. 19, 1996, weren’t obvious at the time. However, reviewing my journal of the preceding days leaves me with the feeling that we should have seen it coming. I’ll try to stick to the subject and omit most of the technical information and the more abstract personal observations. “Jan. […]

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Late season hunting opportunities abound

Just because deer season is over and winter is here, doesn’t mean you have to put the guns away quite yet. Rabbit, grouse, raccoon, fox, bobcat and coyotes can make for some great late season hunting opportunities. In West Virginia, you can legally hunt all of these animals until Feb. 28, with the exception being […]

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SLANESVILLE – This year has begun with a goal-driven Ken Hechler on a mission. I have set a goal of visiting 50 schools, colleges and universities this year. When I mentioned this to a friend of mine, I was told, “Do you realize that’s an average of one school a week if you take off […]

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In the wake of spill, answers are needed

In the aftermath of the chemical leak that rendered the public water supply in the Kanawha Valley temporarily unusable, the initial focus has been, and rightly should be, assisting the hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses in the nine-county area who ave had their lives and livelihoods severely disrupted, mitigating the effect on the water supply, and  reventing any additional environmental damage. While at […]

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EDITORIAL

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W.Va.’s bad chemistry When mistakes like the one that occurred in Charleston last week — when more than 7,500 gallons of the coal-cleaning agent 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol leaked through a ruptured storage tank at the Etowah River Terminal into the Elk River about a mile upriver from an intake valve to the region’s municipal water treatment plant, […]

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ANother view

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Count our blessings The past week proved to be a test of endurance as well as patience for West Virginians. First, the cold punch of temperatures on the minus end of the thermometer, and dealing with the frustration of burst water pipes, then the widespread problems created by the chemical spill in the Elk River. […]

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