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‘Decluttering’ for Lent

It’s Lent in the world of Christendom. The word “Lent” means “springtime,” which in turn is a very yearned for, upbeat season, so let’s see if we can transform this usually morose 40 days of beating up on ourselves into a time of liberation! I do not guarantee that this will be pain ...

Karst: It’s where we live

Jefferson County sits on a block of “karst.” That’s terrain constituted mostly of porous, soluble rock (in our case largely limestone), and is marked by sinkholes and caves. Much of eastern West Virginia is karst, although the nature of that karst varies from region to region. Karst ...

The embrace of unconditional love

This column was written on Sunday night, so it cannot reflect the events of the past week. Wise Guyde hopes that everything went peacefully -- that Joe Biden is now president, Madame Vice President Barbara Harris is duly in office and He Who Must Not Be Named is now safely out of ...

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 ...

Looking forward to 2021 redistricting

This was written before election results were reported, so I know not if I will have been re-elected when you’re reading this. Whether or not I’ve been returned to office, I thank all who voted and otherwise participated in the November 3 election. Whether I’m there or not, one issue ...

Farewell to old literary friends

My mind hearkens back to an old fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen’s called, “The Garden of Paradise.” It begins, “There was once a king’s son. Nobody had so many or such beautiful books as he had.” In spite of all the wonders he could discover from his books, he was unable to ...

Rockwool: The fight goes on

On September 17, the Danish Mediation and Complaints-Handling Institution for Responsible Business Conduct announced it was investigating Rockwool, who’s building a stone wool insulation manufacturing plant in Ranson. This resulted from a complaint filed almost a year ago by a group called ...