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Fair dinner escorts in autumn’s rise

The insistent chatter of cicadas is a signal of summer's end.As much as the shortening of days and turning of leaves, the music of nature lets us know that the seasons are changing. Crickets chirp urgently in the grass and geese call as they wing to their wintering sites. And at the county ...

License sets an EMS crisis on Blue Ridge

The West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) on Wednesday, Aug. 17, suspended the emergency medical services license of the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Department (BRVFD).The action was taken because of a complaint that a person afiliated with BRVFD that was not ...

Freedom’s Run: a continuing effort in 2011

Consistent with how things often happen in small towns, a large idea was born in a small shop on German Street in Shepherdstown three years ago.My passion is reversing current trends of inactivity, and Lois Turco sees the rich value in our region for generations to come. Together we created ...

Redistricting finally solved for state

The State Legislature concluded its second special session on redistricting Sunday evening, Aug. 21, with the Senate adopting the House of Delegates redistricting plan by a vote of 15-14 with five absences.Several senators who voted for the plan told me in private they wanted to vote against ...

Lessons from my ‘Rebuilding America’ tour

After concluding a 20-county swing through West Virginia on my "Rebuilding America" tour, I can tell you one thing for certain: Washington may be broken, but it will not break me, and it sure won't break the great people of West Virginia. West Virginians want their elected leaders to stop ...

Misunderstandings of hello, goodbye and OK

No matter your native tongue, the English word "OK" is almost universally understood. The same is true of "hello," "hi" and with "goodbye" or "bye." These are the most commonly used words in English-speaking countries and are widely understood worldwide.Here's a question: Why do non-native ...

Legislature goes back to the drawing board

As this is being published the State Legislature is back in special session. We have to fix some technical problems with the redistricting bill we passed a couple of weeks ago.Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill because of those technical problems. Had we not adjourned "sine die" we ...

Time to rebuild America

Our nation is facing major challenges a jobs crisis, a turbulent stock market, exploding deficits, and a struggling economy. Now more than ever, we must put politics aside and come together as Americans to face our challenges head on.I, for one, am willing to work with my colleagues on both ...

Some progress on single-member districts

The legislature completed redistricting the State Senate, the House of Delegates and West Virginia's three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives late Friday, Aug. 5.The House spent much time debating the question of single member districts. As regular readers of this column know, I ...

Enjoying the youthfulness of being old

Many us of who are starting to age wish we could go back to our younger days. Many feel that they would enjoy their youth even more.From here it looks as if younger people enjoy life much more than older people. I wonder if it's true that young people enjoy life more than older people. For a ...