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Canal user fee is a bad idea

January 16, 2015 The reach of the federal government into the pockets of its citizenry continues to look beyond reasonable limits. more »»

Resolve to seek to serve

January 9, 2015 With those pesky New Year's resolutions upon us, let's take the time to commit to serving others. more »»

Nothing is more important than family

January 2, 2015 As I write the final editorial in 2014 (although it will print as the first in 2015), I debate whether to do the traditional piece on resolutions and what to plan for or eliminate in the future. more »»

Killing of police sends ripples beyond New York

December 26, 2014 The move toward violence against our law enforcement officers was brought to the forefront with the execution of two New York officers this week. more »»

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

December 19, 2014 Note: I share this editorial written in 1897 with you this week as we celebrate Christmas. more »»

It is better to give than to receive

December 12, 2014 We have all been given this one line advice over the years and there is no time that it is more true than at Christmas! It warms the heart to see so many who are stepping up and giving unselfishly... more »»

In all things give thanks

December 5, 2014 'Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.' (1 Thessalonians 5:18). more »»

Fact checking is good before speaking

November 28, 2014 The title to this week's editorial can be applied each and every day about so many things. Today I apply it to a statement that was put out in a letter to the editor in another publication. more »»

Schools need to step up for students

November 21, 2014 After attending the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Business Symposium last week with dozens of local high schoolers, some of my personal thoughts on our high schools were confirmed. more »»

Our appreciation extends throughout the year

November 14, 2014 As we celebrated Veteran's Day Tuesday, we made an effort to give thanks and recognition to the Veterans who have served in all branches of our militar. more »»

Can we just play nice for awhile?

November 7, 2014 Now that the election is over, I have that fleeting wishful thought that we could all get along and just be nice to each other for a little while. I am not optimistic; only hopeful. more »»

Safety is good but mandatory...not so much

October 31, 2014 I saw a recent news blurb about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issuing a proposed rule requiring all new light vehicles — including cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — to have... more »»

Once again Shepherdstown rallies

October 24, 2014 The sadness felt throughout our community over the past week has, at times, been so overpowering that it is hard to imagine how to overcome it. more »»

It can happen to you

October 17, 2014 As this editorial is written, there are plans for an informational meeting on the use of synthetic drugs to be held tonight (Wednesday) at Washington High School. more »»

WV DoH should invest in reflective paint

October 10, 2014 Driving Route 230 this week, after it has just been paved, I found it extremely difficult to see the roadway at night in the rai. more »»

McDonald a role model and inspiration

October 3, 2014 It was with joy I read that Dewey McDonald has been activated to Indianapolis Colts' roste. more »»

Can I please talk to a person?

September 29, 2014 There is nearly nothing worse than dialing the phone and being “greeted” by a computerized voice. more »»

Athletic officials need to rethink flow at field

September 22, 2014 Jefferson High School held their first home football game of the season Friday evening. The players did a fantastic job defeating Hampshire County 51 to . more »»

Common Core creating a problem

September 12, 2014 As a parent of a freshman at Jefferson High School (as well as a sophomore), I did my parental duty and attended “Meet the Teacher” night last week. more »»

Why not try behavior modification?

August 29, 2014 In reading much of the “research” that has been released in the past week or so on the issue of starting school later for teenagers, I find I am just not fully convinced we should all change... more »»



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