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Here are headlines that accompanied two recent articles. From the March 20 The Charleston Gazette came this one: “Tourism, Courtesy Patrol face cuts.” Meanwhile, a day earlier, the Spirit of Jefferson published the headline, “Charles Town may be the most famous place you never heard of.” The first article refers to funding for the West […]

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently ended the “state of emergency,” an official term that helps to define what kind of help is available to the public. However, the effects of Freedom Industries spilling thousands of gallons of a coal-washing chemical into the drinking water will be felt in this region for a long time. Indeed, […]

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I am thrilled to be part of the George Washington University graduate program in LGBT Health Policy and Practice, the first program of its kind in the nation. Twice a year my fellow students and I meet on campus for weeklong residencies. The rest of the time I am at my computer. I do nearly […]

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Remembering Francis H. Pierpont — the ‘Father of West Virginia’

Editor’s note: This article is one a series that will be written about West Virginia’s first governor, Francis Pierpont, and coincide with the planned installation and unveiling of a statue commemorating his role as the “Father of West Virginia” at Independence Hall in Wheeling on June 20. Two hundred years ago, during a cold January […]

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The bills that never saw the light of day

The 60-day regular session of the 2014 West Virginia Legislature has finished but many of the bills introduced in either the House of Delegates or the State Senate starting back on opening day Jan. 8 never saw the light of day once they were introduced and referred to a committee. One example is SB2, introduced […]

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Say, just whatever happened to ‘divided we fall’?

When Freedom Industries let spill 10,000 gallons of licorice-smelling goo into the Elk River, many were the diagnoses that sought to explain why West Virginians would put up with such an ecological travesty. Indeed, a protest march on the state Capitol drew about 50 people — a far cry from the 300,000 already seeking out […]

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The bills that don’t come due

The legislative session in Charleston is now, for most intents and purposes, over. There is work yet left to be done on the budget but there won’t be any more legislation to worry about for now. We can all breathe a sigh of relief and look over the damage, or in some cases, the good […]

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Under the hood with Puccini, on Pietro

There are numerous definitions to the word “Bohemian” or, in Italian, “La Boheme.” A Bohemian might be someone from the Czech region of Bohemia or a gypsy, or the term could be applied to the Czech language. Here, we’ll use still another definition to wit: “A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional […]

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Lawmakers’ bills getting end-of-session polish

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The glorious splendor of the Hotel Powhatan didn’t last long

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