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Let’s repeal the ‘car tax’

The personal property tax generates roughly half a billion dollars for local governments in our state. "Local” governments are counties, municipalities and school districts (the latter get the lion’s share of the money). The tax is levied on individuals and businesses. Businesses pay it on ...

Candy apple red

So this summer has been anything but fun at the Wise Guyde household. My brother passed away in mid-July, and then I was in a collision that totaled our white Camry. It also battered my right leg, which resulted in five days of antibiotic drip at Jefferson Hospital and so far a month of keeping ...

The ins and outs of the ‘Omnibus’ Education Bill

When the West Virginia House of Delegates shot down the "Omnibus" Education Bill sent to it by the State Senate, the people of our state were failed. I suspect this failure was inevitable.The Senate and the House approached the issue of public schools from entirely different points of view. The ...

Reflecting on the president’s state of emergency

This month I would like to share with you my own soul searching about my role as a citizen in a democracy that is now under real threat to its existence. When conservative mouthpiece Ann Coulter says that the only state of emergency in America is that the president is an idiot, you know we're ...

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‘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 ...

Memorial Day memories: A debt we cannot repay

This past weekend, many Americans celebrated Memorial Day, by getting together with family and friends to indulge in grilled burgers and hotdogs. But, for some celebrants, Memorial Day also brought memories of loved ones whose lives were taken from them, as they defended our country in the ...

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The Shepherdstown Community Club’s recipe for lemonade

As the COVID-19 saga continues, the members of the Shepherdstown Community Club has checked its storage bins and found that the lemons that “life” had given to them (and to so many others during the pandemic) were perhaps “the new oranges." While the SCC is a non-profit supported in ...

Non-residents need to stop recycling glass in town

As a new member of Town Council and the Public Works Committee, I am excited to begin serving Shepherdstown, with a focus on recycling efforts and sustainable action. I serve as chair of the Recycling Committee and look forward to working with the Public Works Committee to increase public ...

Remembering to follow health guidelines

Please continue to wear your mask and follow the recommended health guidelines of sanitizing, not touching your face and maintaining physical distancing. As we adhere to these safety rules, we are protecting our neighbors, families, parents, friends and employees, and helping ensure our ...

A ludicrous conflict

The Shepherdstown Chronicle's August 14, 2020 issue reported that concerned citizens have been meeting with police and town representatives regarding loud mufflers -- indeed, a maddening experience that's gotten worse.Yet, in the same first-page article, two paragraphs before the muffler ...

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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 ...