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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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The tipping point is the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development. The term is said to have originated in the field of epidemiology: when an infectious disease reaches a point beyond any local ability to control it from spreading more widely. A tipping point is often considered […]

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By the standards of sanitary suburbia, my lawn could win an award – first prize for the neighborhood’s worst-looking broadleaf scourge. The half-acre plot is riddled with patches of plantain, dandelion, violets, dock, an occasional shoot of pokeweed, and even a tuft of grass here and there. But when I look out upon that expanse […]

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There’s been a lot of chatter in print lately as to whether or not, in the next election cycle or two, West Virginia is going to change from “blue state” to “red state.” Over the weekend the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story from Clarksburg with the headline: “GOP hopes to end Dems’ hold on W.Va. […]

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No silver lining viewed in EPA ruling

CHARLESTON – It is refreshing to read in a Charleston newspaper that West Virginia is already closer to reaching new federal carbon dioxide emissions standards than almost every other state in the nation.  But both state and private coal company officials see no silver lining in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to let West […]

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Shop at Saturday’s Kiwanis rummage sale one way to help kids

As the Charles Town Kiwanis Club marks its 88th year of service to the youth of our community, the club’s longevity is all the more remarkable considering the challenges it has faced in the last several years. The most recent concern is the loss of revenue from ice cream sales at the spring Mountain Heritage […]

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“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” With those words, attorney Joseph Welch scolded red-baiting Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy during a 1954 Senate hearing and, in an instant, released the pent up disgust of the nation toward a politician whose reckless accusations poisoned public debate, […]

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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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