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Manchin’s safety pin Not only did Sen. Joe Manchin recently sell out our Second Amendment rights, but he also came out in favor of the most constitutionally repugnant provision of the National Defense Authorization Act — the authorization of the federal government to arrest and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or trial. Manchin was […]

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To cite a Robert Burns poem written in 1785: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy. In the lyric from John Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy,” — one of the last songs he ever wrote — is one of my favorite […]

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“At wast! The wong arm of the waw is weaching out and cwosing in on you, you scwewy wabbit.” – Elmer Fudd In this case, the long arm of the law is that of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the “scwewy wabbit” isn’t Bugs Bunny but the federal government, which, in Morrisey’s view, […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff Update – Feb. 1, 9:40 a.m. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued an advisory opinion on the proper process for appointing a replacement late yesterday afternoon, indicating that the Jefferson County Commission should appoint a replacement as quickly as possible. “After a thorough review of this request, my office has determined that […]

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MARTINSBURG – In a motion to intervene filed last week, the county’s group insurance provider is arguing that it should not have to pay for the defense of former Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley, who resigned this month and pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation for beating a man during a 2010 arrest, nor […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Smoking costs Jefferson County about $6 million annually, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. In West Virginia, health costs and productivity losses for each West Virginia smoker total $4,600 annually. This sum equates to $9 for every pack of cigarettes sold annually in the state, according to […]

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Line by line, and other changes This week, the Spirit rolls out another set of changes to improve how we interact with you, our readers. You likely noticed the change as soon as you began reading one of the news stories on Page A1: larger and improved bylines that include reporters’ email addresses. While e-mail […]

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Artists’ reception set for Saturday CHARLES TOWN – Works by artists Amy George, Sue Parker and Patricia Perry have gone on display at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative’s Fire Hall Gallery, and a free kickoff reception is set for this weekend. Art fans can meet the artists at the opening reception for the cooperative’s new […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A federal three-judge panel has declined to hear a lawsuit by the Jefferson County Commission that challenges the state’s 2011 congressional redistricting plan following a reversal by the U.S. Supreme Court’s that the plan was unconstitutional. The high court’s ruling dealt only with the claim that the plan was unconstitutional by violating […]

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