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The last Confederate general

It’s the first day of spring or the Vernal Equinox. Vernal Equinox — I like the sound of those words. They are certainly versatile and can sound like anything from an energy drink to a Confederate General. “Muh name’s Gen. Vernal Equinox, suh and I would thank you not to speak to the lady disrespectfully.” […]

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On small farms, everything is coming up regulators

I am a big fan of supporting local agriculture. Small local farms provide what I consider to be a healthier alternative to so-called factory farms. As much as possible, when I put something on my table, I prefer to know where it comes from. It is better for the environment and I also get added […]

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Less fawning, more hard questions

According to his office’s press release, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sent a letter to President Obama on February 11 expressing his concerns about the current direction of the Environmental Protection Agency, and urging the president to change the agency’s “current path” by nominating a more reasonable successor to recent EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.” […]

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Jails, drugs still the focus

The 2031 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature hit the halfway mark this week and finally there are indications that plans for improving this state’s public elementary and secondary education efforts aren’t the only concerns this year for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Last week, he promised to provide up to $25.5 million for this […]

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Watching the mills run

The old Hippie’s (aka wife Stephanie’s) maternal grandmother Irene would be 101 years old this year. No, she’s not still around but another, more recent death in Stephanie’s family caused us to reflect on that family’s past. Earlier this winter, we gathered with her four brothers at their late parent’s lakeside retirement house in a […]

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Irish up your menu for a great St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s with a traditional pot of easy-to-fix cabbage and corned beef “Eirinn go brach” (Ireland forever!) “Chan fhiach cuirm gun a comhradh” (A feast is no use without good talk.) KEARNEYSVILLE – There’s much more to St. Patrick’s Day than corned beef and cabbage. If you haven’t tried Irish cooking, what are you waiting […]

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THE DEBAT OVER PRESCHOOL

‘There is very little time for childhood’ At a time in which many people feel our national government should be finding ways to be less involved in education and to cut spending, we see the opposite unfolding. Pre-K may be expanded and our national debt will drastically increase. It is urgent that we analyze what […]

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Schools bill doesn’t add up for education lobby

The governor’s highly touted legislation to overhaul West Virginia’s public education system for elementary and high school students quickly incurred the wrath of the organizations representing teachers when it was simultaneously introduced in both the House of Delegates and state Senate. The reason was simple — it offers no pay raise for their members. At […]

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Sticks and stones may break my bones

Every five years or so, the PC police turn their attention to Washington, D.C., ready to confront the worst event that has ever happened to Native Americans: the naming of the city’s professional football team. Sports writers near and far are all on the bandwagon, calling for the team to change its name, all in […]

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Reunion puts Potato Hill’s rich legacy in the spotlight

More than 300 neighbors, friends and others reunited last fall to celebrate the valuable legacy that is Potato Hill. The gala was a heartfelt trip down memory lane attended by multiple generations of families eager to participate in the homecoming. Potato Hill is the western entrance to historic Charles Town. After it became legal to […]

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