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It feels like home to me

After a recent emergency visit to the hospital, my 90-year-old grandfather spent a few weeks in Williamsport Nursing Home regaining his muscle strength. And, for possibly the first time, he felt comfortable enough to start talking about his family history.Our family history.He and my ...

Coming and going

All good things must eventually come to an end. For me, that end is my position at the Chronicle. And yes -my time here was a good thing.For nearly three years, I've had the opportunity to share in the lives and experiences of the wonderful Shepherdstown folks. I've sat through dozens of Town ...

Thanks For All The Fish

Douglas Adams, the quirky English author and satirist, would have loved Shepherdstown. Who knows, perhaps somewhere in his short 49 years of life he visited our equally quirky small town. His sense of humour (British spelling intentional) would have found a happy home here.At any rate, I have ...

It’s The Holiday Season

As the year quickly begins to wind down, it often gives us time to pause and reflect on all we have accomplished.Whether you are finishing up a year-long reading plan, got married, had a baby, landed a new promotion or finally lost that pesky 20 pounds - just in time to regain it for the ...

Back To The Drawing Board

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate's tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more.Analysts for Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the Senate plan ...

GOP, Dems Deserve Each Other

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book.But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Testing May Help Curb System Abuse

Political correctness simply cannot be permitted to stand in the way of attacking West Virginia's drug abuse epidemic on all fronts. Fortunately, state legislators seem to agree.In 2016, lawmakers approved a three-year pilot program to screen applicants of a major public assistance program for ...

This Is Halloween

'Tis the season.No, not that season - yet. It's Halloween in Shepherdstown. BooFest is already underway throughout the town, and ghosts and goblins will soon invade downtown in search of sugary delights.Shepherdstown has a certain reputation as one of the most haunted towns in America. However, ...

Bureaucrats’ Red Tape Cause More Harm

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores?How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs?Those questions are not just ...

There Is Explaining To Do

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do.It appears that Weinstein's sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and other ...