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Thinking of orange foods and recycled beer

The Food Police took down a major offender last week when they convinced the folks who run Kraft it was in their best interest to stop using artificial dyes to give their best-selling, blue-boxed macaroni and cheese product the classic, otherworldly...

Thinking of orange foods and recycled beer

The Food Police took down a major offender last week when they convinced the folks who run Kraft it was in their best interest to stop using artificial dyes to give their best-selling, blue-boxed macaroni and cheese product the classic, otherworldly...

Chester not bagging it with teapot repairs

Chester, West Virginia’s northernmost city, is anxious to spout off about its unique, homespun tourist attraction, The World’s Largest Teapot. A recently launched clean-up and renovation project should keep the town with the giant teapot ...

Who has heard of the Taiping horror

History awareness is woefully spotty. Everyone knows that World War II killed perhaps 40 million people — but few ever heard of a bizarre religious war that inflicted similar slaughter.

China’s Taiping Rebellion in the mid-1800s...

Essays on Faith

I opened my daily newspaper this morning and turned immediately to the Obituary section, as I most often do. The very first name jolted me. It was my friend of many years. I was his helper in the Union Carbide Construction Department at...

Some thoughts on death and taxes

In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin famously observed back in 1789.

That certainty is striking home on a personal level as I pound out these words, having returned from a memorial event for ...

Essays on Faith: The promise of His return for us

A few weeks before Ted graduated from WVU in 1953, we decided to find a pet to take with us to OSU, where Ted would pursue his education. The biology lab, next door to the entomology lab where I worked, had a few white rats who were due to be put to...

Essays on Faith: Life is full of surprises

Life is full of surprises. We are surprised again and again by the beauty and creative helpfulness of nature. We are surprised when we receive a letter from someone we haven’t seen for some time, or when a friend drops in unexpectedly....

Essays on Faith: Construction work: ongoing

The It is no surprise to anyone that construction goes on day after day. New buildings are erected, old ones remodeled or torn down. Roads need attention day in and day out. Potholes make a road seem like an “infiltration run”. There is...

Statehouse Beat: Legislature tells Uber and Tesla W.Va. is ‘closed for business’

For a legislative session that was touted as being all about job creation and economic development, the true motto of the 2015 regular session could be, “Rollback, Repel, Regress.”

Time will tell if rolling back safety and...

Essays on Faith: The Resurrection — Can one be sure?

Evelyn R. Smith wrote a thought-provoking article in the November 30th Essays on Faith section of the Sunday Gazette Mail entitled “How can we be sure there is life after death?” The biblical book of Job was used as a source for...

Steelhammer: Lone Star State’s inmate recycling program runs short of fuel

Texas, the state that leads the nation in oil, gas, cotton, beef and, believe it or not, mohair production, may be in danger of losing its No. 1 status in a somewhat more controversial field -- prisoner execution.

According to a Washington Post ...

Steelhammer: Is the time right to dock Old Hickory?

As much as I can get attached to the look and feel of one or more $20 bills taking up space in my pocket, I’m not sentimental about the guy whose image appears on the face of the folding money.

In fact, I’ve often wondered what it...

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