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Defund the police? Really?

Actually, I favor giving the police more money. I think that if we raise their pay, we’ll attract more good people to be police officers. And officers need better training, supervision and support, which will also cost more money. Police departments around the country have justifiably come ...

Facing your inner Herod

Herod the Great was the Roman-appointed King of Judea when Jesus was born. He has come down to us in the musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as a frivolous buffoon: “Prove to me that you’re no fool. Walk across my swimming pool. Prove to me that you’re divine; change my water into ...

Let’s make it easier to vote

We all owe a big debt of gratitude to the many people who labored to make the Nov. 4 General Election work as smoothly as it did. I include everyone who worked at a polling station, as well as all of the employees of the County Clerk’s office. We’re particularly fortunate to have Nikki ...

An Anne Frank Thanksgiving

Many thanks to a local friend for sending me the following quote from Anne Frank, which in turn has set me to reflecting on some lessons her life gives us this strange Thanksgiving. “I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the ...

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Evans finally made the right choice

Among the angry mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was incoming West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans, R-Wayne, who posted a video online from the Capitol interior yelling, “We’re in! … Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” His illegal actions demanded a swift and severe ...

‘For the 95 that have died’

On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced his executive order mandating face coverings to be worn when a person is in a public indoor space where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Children eight-and-under, people who are eating and people with trouble breathing or the inability to ...

Don’t relax yet

We are finishing week two of Gov. Jim Justice's six-week phased reopening plan for West Virginia.After spending over a month in social isolation, West Virginia's businesses certainly need to increase their cash flow, so they won't have to permanently close. As The Shepherdstown Chronicle ...

Stay strong, Shepherdstown!

Last Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that COVID-19 had been upgraded from an epidemic to a pandemic, due to the level of global devastation it had caused.On Tuesday, Shepherdstown residents James and Carolyn Vigil were the first people in West Virginia to ...

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Response to ‘Defund the Police’ column

I just read John Doyle's column in the January 1 edition of The Shepherdstown Chronicle, "Defund the Police? Really?" I have decided to write to express how grateful I am for a delegate to our West Virginia Legislature who is such a good writer, thinker, researcher and historian and who cares ...

Season’s greetings from Mayor Auxer

This year of coping with significant challenges is hopefully beginning to diminish. As we embark on a new year, we must rely on our resilience and positive attitudes as we navigate through this pandemic. Our community should look to this upcoming year as an opportunity for enriching our ...

We need to work together in the pandemic

I ask the town to go easy on its businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic. If there is a dispute on the historical correctness of additions to the exterior of a business, I suggest making a signed agreement with that business owner to suspend all fines enforcement for the time being until a ...

A contemporary view of Wizard Clip

History lives and evolves in mysterious ways. The November 20 article about Wizard Clip noted that an expert on the ghostly legend "has read more than 100 versions of the story." Just in the last few months local author Joanne Bario, who actually lived in the "haunted" Livingston house, has ...

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The beauty of the world around us

As I have gotten older I have begin to notice how beautiful some things have become, such as watching the sun come up or standing in a field on a cold night just looking at the stars. Somehow it gives me a certain peace in my life that I have not felt before,The early Chinese teacher Confucius ...

The wnter has been a long one

Hello folks. I thought I'd drop a line or two just to fill you in on what's been happening and just to say hello.First, I want to say how much I have missed writing my column As I See It. As some of you have known I have been very ill.Last October I was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. ...

A time of joy

Christmas is almost here and I could think of a million things to write about the joyful time of year.For me, Christmas has seen many moods and many ways of celebrating the day of Christ's birth. Over the years I have written about some of the ways I have spent Christmas day.When I was young I ...

A year older and still fighting

Well, old 73 has popped up and I have lived to see another birthday. First of all let me thank all of you who have sent me so many messages of kindness an the hope for many more years to come. I have always told friends that I would like to live to be 100 years old, but I have to admit that ...

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Thankful for community support in flattening the curve

As we have waited with baited breath to see the flattening of the curve in relation to COVID-19, it is ironic to me that I, too, am flattening the curve in relation to my healthcare career. With 41 years working as a nurse at Jefferson Medical Center, my career has truly peaked, or one might ...

Tourism Development District Act will benefit Jefferson County

Recently, the West Virginia Senate passed the Tourism Development District Act.Sponsored by Senator Patricia Rucker, the act will help expedite large tourism projects within smaller municipalities that might lack the resources and expertise to handle them themselves. For the project to qualify, ...

Licensing reform benefits all West Virginians

Despite all of the good news about West Virginia's economy over the past few years, we still have one of the lowest labor force participation rates in the country. If we want the state's economy to continue to grow, we need to focus on increasing our labor force participation. One of the ways ...

Safeguarding American history in our backyard

Someone once said that Shepherdstown's most significant contribution was when local men met at Morgan Spring, and marched from there to join up with George Washington, in what is today known as the Beeline March.The comment was spoken in 2012, at a Fourth of July "wayside" dedication, placed in ...