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Sheriffs not obligated to enforce federal laws   Once again Mr. Sean O’Leary (“The Land of 3,327 constitutions”) has failed to take cognizance of a seminal fact. In 1996, the United States Supreme Court (Printz v. United States) essentially ruled that county sheriffs are not obligated to enforce federal law. Thus the sheriffs of Raleigh, […]

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W.Va. is worth celebrating every day

This week, the state of West Virginia will celebrate the sesquicentennial of its birth – a brave and daring declaration of statehood that is unprecedented in American history. Born out of the fiery turmoil of the Civil War 150 years ago, West Virginia was founded by patriots who were willing to risk their lives and […]

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The computer revolution keeps transforming everyday life — and universities evidently will be next to undergo radical change. Online learning offers a way to slash the severe cost of higher education, and to reach millions more students. A new book, Higher Education in the Digital Age, says a “tsunami” of electronic classes soon will sweep […]

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Common standards are rotten to the Core

In the recent session of the state Legislature, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 359, which was introduced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and touted as a comprehensive education reform bill. To my mind, the legislation was like putting a small Band-aid on a large and serious wound. It is now almost a year and a half […]

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NSA is the real rogue

Bryan Clark Since the scandal over broad domestic surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency broke last week, it has been reported that sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have skyrocketed. This begs an obvious question: Who is buying these books? Is it a public that wishes to ponder the implications of a steadily expanding […]

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Curious about Artomatic@Jefferson, the new community art event set to debut this fall in Charles Town? Artists can learn more this week at Craftworks at Cool Spring. Artomatic@Jefferson director Ginny Fite says the community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at 1469 Lloyd Road is open to anyone interested in exhibiting, performing, volunteering, sponsoring or being […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Leaders at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races are set to accept the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s top award next week during the chamber’s 54th annual awards banquet. The June 26 event, to be held on the casino’s third-floor Hollywood Ballroom, also will feature a keynote address by Wallace E. Boston, […]

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Summer camps: The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation hosts a variety of summer camps for children ages 5 to 12. Go to jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207 for details.   Vendors needed: Vendors are needed for the Jefferson County Council on Aging yard sale/car wash happening from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Tables are […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

Help us celebrate West Virginia’s birthday With West Virginia’s 150th birthday coming up next week, we’re asking our readers for help in putting together “Celebrating Our Sesquicentennial,” a keepsake feature that will appear in the next edition of the Spirit. Please take a minute this week and write in to share what it is that […]

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