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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Blaming talk radio in column went too far Robert Snyder’s Feb. 6 column, “Auntie Got My Gun …” requires a response. In it, he calls out defenders of the Second Amendment, which in and of itself is fine, but steps over a line when linking Jimmy Lee Dykes’ actions – killing a school bus driver […]

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A fellow named Vince recently explained to me that he had once been a Democrat but finally concluded that his political leanings were the result of an unfortunate personal flaw – a tendency to blame circumstances for his misfortunes. So, Vince resolved to embrace personal responsibility and with it a conservative political perspective that rejects […]

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Contrary to popular belief, America is not great because of our Constitution and founding principles. Rather, we as a county are great because we act in concert with those words and trust that our fellow citizens and our government will do the same. Traditionally, government at the national level has functioned as a protector of […]

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Worth noting

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“The Creator would indeed have been a bungling artist, had he intended man for a social animal, without planting in him social dispositions. It is true they are not plated in every man, because there is no rule without exceptions; but it is false reasoning which converts exceptions into the general rule … The want […]

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KEARNEYSVILLE – Today I received a flyer in the mail about the opportunity to make nominations for the 2013 West Virginia Governor’s Service Awards. Seeing this reminded me of how many extraordinary volunteers we are honored to have here in the Eastern Panhandle. They make our lives and our community better every day. To quote […]

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State of the State

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s 2013 state of the state address, as prepared: “Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the Board of Public Works, Justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Members of the State Board of Education, Members of the Legislature, distinguished guests, and my fellow West Virginians: “In 1921, when architect Cass Gilbert drew […]

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CHARLESTON – Earl Ray Tomblin, elected more than three months ago to his first four-year term as West Virginia’s governor, tonight is expected to outline his proposals on education, inmate overcrowding, economic development, the drug abuse epidemic, childhood poverty and other key issues facing the Mountain State. Tomblin’s State of the State address before the […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission agreed to match a federal grant that could pay for construction of a bike path along W.Va. 480, outside of Shepherdstown, but backers of the project await word on whether the U.S. Department of Transportation will fund it. Town Recorder Lori Robertson told the commission the half-mile section […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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Welcome back, property transfers Don’t let it be said that we don’t listen to our readers. For several weeks, I took calls from longtime readers eager to see the Spirit of Jefferson return to publishing property transactions in Jefferson County. Some calls were polite, a couple irate; one reader gave me a timeline within which […]

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Pharmacy robbery suspect captured

CHARLES TOWN — A Pennsylvania man is in custody in connection with a robbery Thursday at the Shepherdstown Pharmacy. According to police reports, Joshua Allen Armolt, 33, address unknown, was taken into custody Friday at an apartment building in Martinsburg. The robbery at the pharmacy occurred around 10:21 a.m. Police said Armolt went into the […]

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