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Tons for Thanksgiving

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Tons for Thanksgiving
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CHARLES TOWN – There’s no question that gift cards and gift certificates earn disdain in some circles. Too impersonal, these critics say. But a number of Spirit readers who weighed in on the question this week say they have no problem with gift cards and gift certificates – getting them or giving them – and […]

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WINCHESTER, Va. — Insertion of electrodes and a simulator into a region of the brain and in the upper chest has proven to decrease symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This surgical option for the disease is now offered at the Winchester Medical Center. Hospital officials said Keyser resident Dale Sines, 70, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease […]

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The removal last week of Jorea Marple as state superintendent of schools had nothing — nothing — to do with improving education for children in West Virginia. If the five members of the West Virginia Board of Education who voted to show Marple the door had any regard for the educational outcomes of West Virgnina’s […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Marple firing ‘a coup’ The action taken by the West Virginia Board of Education on Nov. 15 is akin to a coup organized by political powers wishing to impart their own vision of educational reform. The removal of Dr. Jorea Marple as State Superintendent is a travesty and has darkened the educational system of our […]

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The Republicans have just lost an election they thought they could win and, as a result, they can look forward to four more years in the political wilderness. No fun. What deepens their despair is that they lost it in a way that widened the gulf between their party and growing constituencies of Americans they […]

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Do states’ rights allow opting out of the Union?

It might well be nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to the results of the Nov. 6 general election that saw incumbent President Barack Obama re-elected for a second four-year term, but residents in 39 of the 50 states — including West Virginia — have begun petition drives to secede “peacefully” from the United States […]

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I had a teacher in high school social studies that liked to say things that he thought were controversial. One thing he said that stuck with me over the years is that the primary goal of any institution is to first justify its existence, and that its next priority was to fulfill the purpose for […]

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Worth Noting

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” … Men have differed in opinion, and been divided into parties by these opinions, from the first origin of societies, and in all governments where they have been permitted freely to think and to speak. The same political parties which now agitate the United States, have existed through all time. Whether the power of […]

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Last week’s surprise move ousting Jorea Marple, the popular state schools chief appointed to the post just 18 months ago, prompted an outpouring of comments from educators, parents and others, including many West Virginians weary of political shenanigans. As news of Marple’s dismissal spread on Nov. 15, many took to the Spirit’s Facebook page to […]

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