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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Consumers deserve better than Obamacare President Obama and Sen. (Jay) Rockefeller have joined together from the beginning to push Obamacare on West Virginians. Now, they expect consumers to blindly sit by and trust their rushed implementation efforts. Why is Rockefeller so convinced that these Obamacare navigators — many of whom are seasonal workers, without a […]

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EDITORIAL

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Still not ready for ‘prime time’ One can hardly blame the members of the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency and area fire companies from walking out en masse of last week’s County Commission meeting, where commissioners dithered over where to lock in a rate for a long-proposed countywide ambulance fee. After being told for weeks […]

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OTHER VIEWS

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More power to alternative fuels State lawmakers learned recently that alternative fuels are catching on in West Virginia. While this is a good development for our communities, the state and the environment, caution must be taken to make sure this new trend is made safe for all parties involved. Speaking before state legislators, Bill Davis, […]

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Worth noting

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“I had been a code clerk in the State Department in Washington for four months during the first World War before my loyalty was investigated, if you could call my small, pleasant interview with Mr. Shand an investigation. he had no dossier on Thurber, James Grover, except a birth certificate and draft-board deferment papers. In […]

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By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission today fixed the residential level of its proposed ambulance fee to $40, less than half the amount proposed by the county’s Emergency Services Agency. The commission will vote next week on whether to adopt the proposed fee. The move drew the ire of local volunteer […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

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On wishing I knew then what I know now We were pleased in last week’s Spirit of Jefferson to profile Bettye Webb-Hayes, who not only participated in the August 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — the 50th anniversary of which we commemorate this year — but she also met Martin Luther King […]

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CHARLESTON — State regulatory filings show nearly 25 percent of the water leaving West Virginia’s water plants disappeared even before it reached faucets last year. About 17 billion gallons went unaccounted for in 2012, vanishing somewhere in a system of overflowing tanks and a maze of leaky pipes and gaskets. Media outlets report that nearly […]

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POLICE Watch

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Charles Town Police call log   Aug. 25 8:02 a.m. U.S. 340, traffic stop, arrest made (no operator’s license) 10:51 a.m. Holmes Way, juvenile complaint, advised of options 1:32 p.m. Payne Street, assist Leesburg Police Department (attempt to locate), assistance rendered 2:27 p.m. West Washington Street, trespassing, contact made/trespassing papers served 6:30 p.m. South Lawrence […]

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Other Views

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Schools right to get tough on truants Playing hooky from school has been an entertaining story line since the early days of public education. From Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in the 1870s to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the 1980s, books and movies have celebrated skipping class as youthful adventure — with an […]

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Worth noting

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“Indeed distrust, expressed or implied, of the eternal verity of one’s own views is the secret of the survival of this republic. We have in the case of France an appalling demonstration of what happens to a democracy in which there is no realization of the fact that of political principles, too, it may be […]

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