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Morrisey’s Money-Saving Offer

During just three months, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office helped save taxpayers $1.3 million in improper Social Security claims. The work, in cooperation with federal officials, occurred during the second quarter of this year.That amount adds to the millions of dollars ...

More Than a Numbers Game

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill.But the setback has merely ...

No Issue is Black and White

While the issue of the Mountaineer Gas distribution line has caused much contention throughout the region, there is one thing to keep in mind: no issue is black and white.Are there potential downsides to the line coming into the area? Yes, but there are downsides to any project - especially ...

A Joy to be Ordinary

Shepherdstown is really an extraordinary place. Whether it is festivals, the farmers market, arts or local shops and restaurants, this town is a great place to be.Like many other small towns in America, Shepherdstown is defined by its people - and it has great people. In many ways the people of ...

Safeguard your July 4th

It's tough to beat a burger hot off the grill in your own backyard.Grills, hibachis and barbecues can increase your risk of having a fire according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Every year, grill fires cause about $37 million in property damage. Prepare your grill for the summer ...

Taking a well-earned break

Everyone needs to rest.We can all try to go 24/7/365, but at some point we will burn ourselves out. In our culture and, maybe more specifically, our society, productivity is valued above most everything else. It even comes down to the first question any of us are asked when meeting someone new, ...

The Future of Truth

With talk of "fake news" and biased media, one can find themselves in a position of great difficulty with the task of discerning which voices are worth listening to, and which are not.We live in a time when it is easy to acquire vast amounts of knowledge on any subject imaginable. This is a ...

An age of ad hominem

Last week saw a major gaffe come from a well-known, albeit paltry, comedian - Kathy Griffin.Early last week Griffin was photographed holding a dismembered bloody likeness of President Donald Trump's head. Cries of disapproval were immediately hurled at Griffin, while sounds of applause were no ...

Shepherdstown needs the Grist Mill

Early last week, the Corporation of Shepherdstown Town Council met to gauge the public's opinion regarding the fate of the historic Thomas Shepherd Grist Mill. A number of residents turned out to voice their interest - including some concerns - in the town purchasing and renovating the ...

Keeping Shepherdstown Wonderful

Taking a stroll down German Street can give you a quick glimpse as to what it is exactly that makes Shepherdstown a great place to live, work and play. Small shops, local eateries, bike and canoe rentals, and a pop in to the Shepherdstown Library provide a delightful atmosphere for a slice of ...