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Open door policy

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Open door policy

Last week, it was about 12 degrees outside with a stiff wind. It was pretty cool in here, too. The source of these refreshing indoor breezes is the Old Hippie’s (aka wife Stephanie) homemade pet door that is really part of a window. I don’t mind — it’s sort of a compromise all around — […]

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Gun control laws are a breach of trust

Sometime back I was invited to speak at a civics club. Its members consisted of parents and their teenage children – and the purpose of the club was to study the Constitution. The subject matter of that day was the Bill of Rights. It is widely believed that several important states, Virginia in particular, would […]

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U.S. House members eyeing retiring Rockefeller’s Senate seat

When U.S. Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV arrived in West Virginia nearly half a century ago — appointed by U.S. Attorney Robert F. Kennedy in July 1964 to work with the President’s Commission on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime in the small community of Emmons — it’s doubtful even he envisioned a lifetime of […]

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Instant justice ‘lite’

Littering of the roadside really gets my goat — though I don’t necessarily dislike people who litter. It’s hard to have anything but pity for those whose lives are so empty as to make them capable of such apathy. An appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us and a desire to preserve and maintain it […]

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A push for Sunday hunting in W.Va.

For over a decade West Virginia is one of only seven states in the United States that doesn’t allow Sunday hunting statewide. In 2001, hunters had the privilege to hunt on Sunday due to a bill passed that overturned West Virginia’s blue law against Sunday hunting. During the 2001 hunting season, hunters were allowed to […]

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Hot-button concerns get front-burner treatment

The 2013 60-day regular session of the West Virginia Legislature doesn’t really get under way until Feb. 13, but during last week’s three days of interim committee meetings in Charleston — along with the formal opening of the session on Wednesday, Jan. 9 — it was inevitable that some hot-button issues would surface early. Among […]

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Tote that barge — lift that bale

Can God make something so large that he can’t move it himself? I can’t begin to guess the origin of this old rhetorical chestnut. An older cousin, Vince, went away for his first year at college and came home on break awash with newfound knowledge that we aboriginals couldn’t comprehend. “So what did you learn […]

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Hate the January cold? Try something chili

What better way to warm up on a chilly crisp day than a steaming bowl of soup? Families have their favorites, from chicken and noodles to tomato, plus split pea, vegetable, corn and clam chowder, chili and so many more. Here are some variations you’ll find delicious and easy to prepare. One of my favorites […]

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Rabbit season!

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Rabbit season!

The eastern cottontail is a common critter found all across West Virginia. They’re usually found close to thick cover since they are a highly favored prey species for several different predators. Since rabbits are so low on the food chain, they rely on high reproductive rates to survive and maintain populations. Cottontails have big ears […]

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Session promises to be busy for lawmakers

The state’s elementary and secondary education system and the problem of drug abuse and the crowded prison system that is a result of that abuse should be two of the major items confronting the new 2013 West Virginia Legislature, which officially convenes in Charleston this week. But Delegate Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, who now leads a […]

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