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Investing in W.Va.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am in a unique position to fight for investments in our West Virginia communities. In February, I sent a letter to President Trump describing the specific priorities I believe will benefit our state and this nation. I asked that as he and ...

100 Years of Service

100 years ago the United States had less than a third of its current population. Woodrow Wilson was President and America entered World War I. Only 8 percent of homes had landlines, compared to the almost 80 percent of the U.S. population that now has cell phones. Cars had only just begun to be ...

What is our time?

It is a time when Americans are more divided than ever, gridlocked over social issues, race, gender and the economy. According to Divided America: The Fracturing of a Nation, compiled by the Associated Press: "It's no longer just Republican vs. Democrat, or liberal vs. conservative. It's the 1 ...

Tales Tall and True: Black Rose of Shepherdstown

Our recent hint of spring and the upcoming "Back Alley Garden Tour" in May (see their Facebook page for more information Facebook.com/Back Alley Garden), might have had my subconscious pondering flowers while I was researching family history recently. I came across an intriguing story, "The ...

This week from Charleston

I am happy to announce that last Friday Finance Committee Chairman Eric Nelson and I introduced the House of Delegates tax reform plan in two companion bills numbered sequentially, HB 2933 and 2934. The bills seek to make major changes to West Virginia's tax code by establishing a flat income ...

This week from Charleston

It was another action packed week in the House of Delegates. Last week my bill HB 2375, which will incentivize economic growth in our region and state by providing tax credits to new small businesses after passage, was taken up for consideration in the Small Business Committee and was very ...

The Old Blue Laws of Maryland

While researching in archives and repositories can be a tedious task, there are times that a piece of information (sometimes not related to your agenda) strikes a curious part of your brain and captures your interest.I was recently performing a property history search for a client in ...

Top Tips for Understanding and Paying Back Student Loans

(StatePoint) With an estimated $1.3 trillion in student loans outstanding, it's safe to say student loan debt is a reality for millions of Americans. While this figure may sound daunting, experts say that greater financial literacy can help students and graduates better understand their loans ...

What to Know Before Taking Vitamins or Supplements

(StatePoint) As Americans look to improve their health in the new year, many will turn to vitamins and supplements as part of their healthier routines. However, experts stress the importance of understanding the potential interactions supplements can have with medications and some brands of ...

The Return of the Penny Dreadful

The fandom of the recent Showtime/Sky series "Penny Dreadful" revived a coined phrase not commonly heard since the Victorian England era. Indeed, I confess, I was almost through the first season (and realizing Penny Dreadful was not a character in the show) before I consulted Google with the ...