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Letters To The Editor

Post-election hopes

This letter is being written before the Shepherdstown elections have finished. But, those who know of the strong early voting turnout indicate that the total vote will be the largest in anyone's memory.Which means we, the people, have won no matter the real winners. Our representatives.We must ...

No need to fix what ain’t broke in Shepherdstown mayoral race

As voting for Shepherdstown mayor comes to a crescendo on July 21, Shepherdstown has a choice between two candidates.For me, incumbent Jim Auxer has served the city well since 2008 (and 2000-2004 before that). His commitment to Shepherdstown's ever-evolving infrastructure, small-business needs, ...

Jim Auxer: The right man for the job

Now, more then ever before, every town across America needs and deserves a leader who puts the welfare, safety and best interests of its people above all else. In Mayor Jim Auxer, Shepherdstown has such a leader. First elected in 2008, Jim's leadership has since worked to maintain the town's ...

In praise of masks

We all know that wearing masks and practicing physical distancing helps to control the spread of the coronavirus, based upon the research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.As a member of the vulnerable class -- although the more we learn about COVID-19, the more that ...

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July

Residents, neighbors, friends and visitors, please enjoy this Fourth of July weekend safely.At 11 a.m. Saturday, Independence Day, the Shepherdstown Fire Department will present the American flag, during a walk down German Street, beginning at Church Street and ending on Princess Street. Those ...

Questioning town leadership

The good reporting in the June 19 Chronicle on the Black Lives Matter gathering at Morgan's Grove Park ends with positive words about how the event was planned for by the town and county officials. What happened after is typical of our flawed town leadership. The mayor went on another apology ...

Secret meetings

In February of this year, three members of the Jefferson County Planning Commission and staff held a meeting, from which the public was barred, with a local lobbyist and an out-of-state developer of commercial solar facilities controlled by a New York Investment fund. After this meeting and ...

Changes to take place in Shepherd University School of Music

The community of artists and educators in the Shepherd University School of Music has watched with pain as brutal acts of violence continue to be perpetrated against people of color. The SoM stands against systemic racism and all acts of injustice and violence committed in its name. We stand ...

Homeless in Shepherdstown

Like others in our community, I am surprised to find myself among "the elderly," and often dwell on events that have transpired in my lifetime. It is reassuring to frequently find that well-worn aphorisms -- trusted guideposts in our lives -- are still worth their salt. One of them, "there is a ...

Thanking the town for stepping up

The mayor and the town leadership need thanked for all the jawboning of leading civic organizations and influential institutions for the letter writing campaign for the governor that secured the $500,000 to build the walking path from town to Morgan's Grove Park. That's half a million dollars, ...