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Recently Sen. Elizabeth Warren came to Shepherdstown to campaign for Natalie Tenant, who is running for the U.S. Senate here in West Virginia. Warren is considered to be a “rock star” among progressives and is one of the darlings of the liberal press.  According to several sources, including Wikipedia, when President Obama gave his “you […]

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In early June I wrote about the “Mailgate” scandal in the West Virginia House of Delegates concerning allegations reported in the press that certain Democrats in the Legislature had used, or some say abused, their franking privileges to electioneer.                Franking is a time honored tradition in which public funds are available to enable legislators to […]

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Funding for West Virginia highways? Expect delays

West Virginia’s federal aid funding for highway construction could face delays if a bill to replenish the Highway Trust Fund doesn’t make it through Congress before the deadline as lawmakers in Washington struggle to reach any agreement. As a result, current levels of funding could run out next month and that could affect some 112,000 […]

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West Virginia must do better by transgender people

Actress and activist Laverne Cox recently became the first transgender person in the nation to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. This past week she made history again, receiving an Emmy nomination, the first-ever by a transgender person, for her role in the immensely popular Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black.” As Cox’s […]

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Summer 2014 is finally here and signs of growth are all around. At local farmers markets, tomatoes and peppers and squashes are showing up after a slow spring. Local residents seeking local fresh-grown produce visit the downtown streets of Charles Town and Shepherdstown to buy direct from (and support) local growers. Local market growers are […]

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As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of home rule, also known as local control. I believe that the government that is closest to the people is the most relevant. Municipal and county government should have greater autonomy as locally elected officials theoretically are more accountable to local voters. However, there is a caveat […]

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There is much green to be saved by going green

In my line of work I come across tree lovers of all types, and each has a unique reason for their arboreal passion. Sometimes it’s personal: they feel a positive aura around trees or they have family history rooted (pun intended) in an old oak on their property. And sometimes it is an awestruck appreciation […]

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As I have said before in this space, the no. 1 party affiliation in America is now independent. Voters have become more skeptical than ever with regard to the two major parties. The Democrats have done a good job of purging their party of their moderate and conservative members and have moved to the extremities […]

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As a youngster growing up, values, morals and ethics were an important part of any discussion with clergy, teachers, coaches, parents and friends. Television shows of the day were almost as inane as they are today. Except that I remember, perhaps nostalgically, that often shows attempted to incorporate a “moral to the story” into the […]

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Train of thought

Native son Jay Hurley recounts rail’s early days in Shepherdstown SHEPHERDSTOWN – Jay Hurley grew up right next to the railroad in Shepherdstown. Some of his earliest memories are of the call of the train whistle and the rumbling of the cars at the Washington Street railroad crossing a stone’s throw from the upstairs room of the […]

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