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Will lawmakers again take up abortion debate before 2015?

CHARLESTON – The latest chapter in the soap opera saga surrounding the fate of House Bill 4588 – the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – features a stalemate between Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall. Tomblin insists he will again veto any bill banning abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation but […]

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Last month, a miracle happened. Against all odds, the Legislature found $1.06 million in funding to save dozens of programs statewide that help our most vulnerable children and families. This victory is not only about $1.06 million; it’s proof that democracy in West Virginia is alive and well. So how did a group of low-income […]

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More than a century in the making

Fairfax Boulevard work will put Ranson on a new path RANSON – The Fairfax Boulevard project in Ranson was a long time coming. If you live or travel through Ranson, you’ve seen the beginning phases of an 18-month project to widen the section of Fairfax Boulevard north of Lancaster Circle to look like the boulevard […]

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There is a story that has received considerable attention in other parts of West Virginia but not around here.  The Washington Post even ran a piece on it. It’s been dubbed “Mailgate” and it is about the recent revelations regarding the use of taxpayer funds by members of the West Virginia House of Delegates to […]

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It comes down to, will what we do really matter a decade from now?

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Pioneer Nelson Henderson, to his son on graduation day   My kids were excited when I told them I had brought something home in the back of my old Ford truck for each of them. Something […]

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Getting a leg up old-fashioned favorite

Mention fried chicken to many who grew up in the 1960s or later, and they think of heading to the drive-through at KFC or picking up the picnic favorite from the supermarket deli. But learning to make simple, old-fashioned fried chicken in your own kitchen isn’t difficult – and I predict you’ll find it’s worth […]

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I attended the League of Women Voters candidate forum last week that was held in the public meeting room in the Charles Town Library. It is the same room where the County Commission conducts its business. Participating in the forum were the candidates for the Jefferson County Commission from the Harpers Ferry magisterial district, Democrat […]

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Though last summer’s arrival of a Valley League baseball team to Charles Town was a success – the Cannons made the playoffs and also finished ahead of far more established teams in the league in terms of attendance – we realize that many in the community still may not know a lot about summer collegiate […]

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At a dinner party I attended recently, I struck up a conversation about income inequality with an acquaintance, who is a school teacher in Jefferson County, The solution, I was told, is obvious — people at the high end of the income scale should be taxed more. After all, the highest tax rates in the […]

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Recently, I attended the candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters in Charles Town. Although in all likelihood there are few, if any, new votes to be had there by the candidates, the forum has value in that it provides a venue for citizens to learn about issues. On more than one occasion […]

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