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Joseph E. 'Joe' Smoot - Hampshire Review

Monday, March 27, 2017

Joseph Edward “Joe” Smoot, 56, of Romney, died peacefully at home on March 16, 2017.Born on June 7, 1960, he was the son of the late Rodney Wilson Smoot and Juanita Rebecca Kidner. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by 2 sisters, Betty Sue Loy and infant Jean Evone Smoot.He was born and raised in Romney and graduated with the class of 1979 from Hampshire High School.  Joe was a proud and active member of Hampshire High’s FFA program where he participated at the State level and excelled in all areas. After High School, he entered the work force and worked for the State Road, DNR and eventually developed an interest in driving 18-wheelers for various trucking companies.  He also worked for Paul Clem driving the wrecker and volunteered at the Romney Rescue Squad.  Joe was a “Jack of all trades” with a particular interest and love for Mustangs and working on cars, doing all his own maintenance. He was a “happy go lucky” kind of spirit who would help anyone do most anything.  He was a regular at Sheetz and McDonalds...

Bruce M. Behrens - Hampshire Review

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bruce Michael Behrens, 67, of Romney, passed away suddenly on March 22, 2017 at his residence.  Born on August 15, 1949 in the City of New York, he was the son of the late Maurice Francis and Audrey McLeod Behrens.He grew up in New York City and attended Stoneybrook College. He became a cab driver in Manhattan then hitchhiked across the United States to find himself. He eventually found his love for carpentry when he built his first house without any power tools. Later, he became an expert carpenter and built a successful historic renovation business in Middleburg, Va. Bruce settled in West Virginia where he met the love of his life, Ann. Not only were they husband and wife, but also best friends. He was a devoted father, involved in Boy Scouts, and taught Sunday school. He shared a love of books with his sons that will continue on. Bruce loved to garden, sculpt, and make people laugh. He will be most remembered for his big heart and quick wit.He is survived by his mother, Audrey McLeod Behrens of Lancaster, Pa.; h...

West Virginia statesman, author Ken Hechler dies at 102 - Centre Daily Times

Monday, December 12, 2016

Truman White House and Congress, has died. He was 102.Hechler's wife, Carol Hechler, said Sunday her husband died Saturday night at their home in Romney.In a statement Sunday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called Ken Hechler "a true West Virginia treasure."Hechler served nine terms in Congress, where he championed civil rights legislation and fought for coal mine safety, strip mine regulations and black lung compensation. He later served four terms as West Virginia's secretary of state, becoming a common sight driving around Charleston in his trademark red Jeep."Ken was a man of his word — a fierce advocate for West Virginians who was always willing to help any person in need," U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement.An Army combat historian in Europe during World War II, Hechler interviewed generals and front-line soldiers. He later was assigned to interview key German Third Reich leaders before they were charged and tried for war crimes.After President Harry S. Truman's 1948 re-election, Hechler landed research projects for the White House and eventually became a special assistant to Truman. He helped compile the official papers of Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Tru...

The story behind The New York Times' remarkable Fidel Castro obit - Poynter (blog)

Monday, November 28, 2016

She attacked Mr. Trump’s results refusal.”Ditto CNN's "New Day," which focused on Trump demurring during the campaign about whether he'd accept a losing result. As for Kellyanne Conway bashing Mitt Romney as a possible Secretary of State, Alex Burns argued that what you see is what you get with the Trump camp — that is, there are often very public divisions. Meanwhile, the estimable London-based Nic Robertson reported from Havana about the important symbolism of this morning's first American Airlines flight, especially for younger Cubans.On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Mark Halperin maintained that some hard-core folks on Team Trump want Romney to apologize for campaign criticism before a job is offered. Joe Scarborough cited multiple unnamed sources in claiming Conway went "completely rogue" by attacking Romney and that Trump was furious as he still mulls the big foreign relations post.A Cuban-American journalist's impassioned post-Castro takeAchy Obejas is a wonderfully talented writer and former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter who directs the M.F.A. in Translation program at Mills College in Oakland, California. She was born on Cuba, was taken out at age 6, returned later for a few years, then went back to Chicago. She feels strange, relieved, sad. She'd been waiting so long for Castro’s death, now it's come to pass."Fidel didn’t merely contain multitudes: He took all of our destinies and redesigned them. Who would I be if Fidel’s revolution hadn’t happened and my parents hadn’t left? Who would those who remained on the island be if those of us who left had stayed by their side? Who would any of us be if Fidel hadn’t caused this rupture in our lives?""After all the headlines and the shouting, after all the calls from all the places we Cubans have been scattered, this is what haunts us." (a href="htt...

How Obama Found Out Hillary Lost - FrontPage Magazine

Monday, November 21, 2016

Simas that there were some “surprising numbers” coming from rural counties in Florida. Trump was ahead by a much bigger margin than the models had anticipated—“and, in fact, a larger margin than Romney had beaten me in these areas, or McCain had beaten me in these areas.” Uh-oh. Even by ten o’clock, Obama said, “I’m still not watching television, which is just a general rule that I’ve maintained for the last eight years, not watching political television.” Obama can't tell a story without patting himself on the back. Even a story in which he loses.  By then, it was clear that the models were wrong and that Clinton was going to lose North Carolina and Florida—and that the difficulties she was having in the South were showing up in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Obama is hardly as cool and bloodless as advertised, but he will not perform, or even recount, his emotions on command.  Of course not. It gets in the way of manufacturing his image. The real Obama is utterly inaccessible even to a towel boy like Remnick.  But the great man of the left is still getting his narratives from Ben Rhodes.  Soon after the election had been called for Trump, Obama told them, Ben Rhodes had e-mailed to say that sometimes history zigzags. Obama seized on that. Of course he did. History will still validate him. It'll just take more time. Because it's all about him.

Susan Collins did not OK her appearance in Clinton's new anti-Trump ad - Bangor Daily News

Monday, September 12, 2016

Unfit, Dangerous, even for Republicans.”Some of the other critiques of Trump such as “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot” are left to Sen. Lindsey Graham and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who calls him a fraud.Collins made waves in early August when she announced she would not endorse Trump because he “does not reflect historical Republican values.” The announcement put Maine’s senior senator on a growing list of elected Republicans who came out publicly against Trump. Collins had to have known that her words would be repeated loudly and widely and probably, now that this ad is up, extensively through Election Day.That’s on Nov. 8. (Daily Brief, at your service.)A spokeswoman for Collins told the Bangor Daily News this morning that Collins did not authorize the use of her words or image in the ad and reiterated that Collins will not vote for Trump or Clinton.What’s the state of the presidential race less than two months out? Funny you should ask. New poll results from the Morning Consult, which surveyed about 1,710 likely voters Sept. 6-8, found Clinton still with the edge against Trump nationally, 41 percent to 39 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson tallied 10 percent with Green candidate Jill Stein with 3 percent.Among registered voters, the margins were essentially the same, with Clinton and Trump at 38 percent and 36 percent, respectively. You can read deeper into the poll results by clicking here.As you know, national-level polls are of limited help, other than feeding your insatiable desire to know exactly the status of the presidential race. For that, however, you’re better off l...

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Joseph E. 'Joe' Smoot - Hampshire Review

Monday, March 27, 2017

Joseph Edward “Joe” Smoot, 56, of Romney, died peacefully at home on March 16, 2017.Born on June 7, 1960, he was the son of the late Rodney Wilson Smoot and Juanita Rebecca Kidner. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by 2 sisters, Betty Sue Loy and infant Jean Evone Smoot.He was born and raised in Romney and graduated with the class of 1979 from Hampshire High School.  Joe was a proud and active member of Hampshire High’s FFA program where he participated at the State level and excelled in all areas. After High School, he entered the work force and worked for the State Road, DNR and eventually developed an interest in driving 18-wheelers for various trucking companies.  He also worked for Paul Clem driving the wrecker and volunteered at the Romney Rescue Squad.  Joe was a “Jack of all trades” with a particular interest and love for Mustangs and working on cars, doing all his own maintenance. He was a “happy go lucky” kind of spirit who would help anyone do most anything.  He was a regular at Sheetz and McDonalds...

Bruce M. Behrens - Hampshire Review

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bruce Michael Behrens, 67, of Romney, passed away suddenly on March 22, 2017 at his residence.  Born on August 15, 1949 in the City of New York, he was the son of the late Maurice Francis and Audrey McLeod Behrens.He grew up in New York City and attended Stoneybrook College. He became a cab driver in Manhattan then hitchhiked across the United States to find himself. He eventually found his love for carpentry when he built his first house without any power tools. Later, he became an expert carpenter and built a successful historic renovation business in Middleburg, Va. Bruce settled in West Virginia where he met the love of his life, Ann. Not only were they husband and wife, but also best friends. He was a devoted father, involved in Boy Scouts, and taught Sunday school. He shared a love of books with his sons that will continue on. Bruce loved to garden, sculpt, and make people laugh. He will be most remembered for his big heart and quick wit.He is survived by his mother, Audrey McLeod Behrens of Lancaster, Pa.; h...

West Virginia statesman, author Ken Hechler dies at 102 - Centre Daily Times

Monday, December 12, 2016

Truman White House and Congress, has died. He was 102.Hechler's wife, Carol Hechler, said Sunday her husband died Saturday night at their home in Romney.In a statement Sunday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called Ken Hechler "a true West Virginia treasure."Hechler served nine terms in Congress, where he championed civil rights legislation and fought for coal mine safety, strip mine regulations and black lung compensation. He later served four terms as West Virginia's secretary of state, becoming a common sight driving around Charleston in his trademark red Jeep."Ken was a man of his word — a fierce advocate for West Virginians who was always willing to help any person in need," U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement.An Army combat historian in Europe during World War II, Hechler interviewed generals and front-line soldiers. He later was assigned to interview key German Third Reich leaders before they were charged and tried for war crimes.After President Harry S. Truman's 1948 re-election, Hechler landed research projects for the White House and eventually became a special assistant to Truman. He helped compile the official papers of Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Tru...

The story behind The New York Times' remarkable Fidel Castro obit - Poynter (blog)

Monday, November 28, 2016

She attacked Mr. Trump’s results refusal.”Ditto CNN's "New Day," which focused on Trump demurring during the campaign about whether he'd accept a losing result. As for Kellyanne Conway bashing Mitt Romney as a possible Secretary of State, Alex Burns argued that what you see is what you get with the Trump camp — that is, there are often very public divisions. Meanwhile, the estimable London-based Nic Robertson reported from Havana about the important symbolism of this morning's first American Airlines flight, especially for younger Cubans.On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Mark Halperin maintained that some hard-core folks on Team Trump want Romney to apologize for campaign criticism before a job is offered. Joe Scarborough cited multiple unnamed sources in claiming Conway went "completely rogue" by attacking Romney and that Trump was furious as he still mulls the big foreign relations post.A Cuban-American journalist's impassioned post-Castro takeAchy Obejas is a wonderfully talented writer and former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter who directs the M.F.A. in Translation program at Mills College in Oakland, California. She was born on Cuba, was taken out at age 6, returned later for a few years, then went back to Chicago. She feels strange, relieved, sad. She'd been waiting so long for Castro’s death, now it's come to pass."Fidel didn’t merely contain multitudes: He took all of our destinies and redesigned them. Who would I be if Fidel’s revolution hadn’t happened and my parents hadn’t left? Who would those who remained on the island be if those of us who left had stayed by their side? Who would any of us be if Fidel hadn’t caused this rupture in our lives?""After all the headlines and the shouting, after all the calls from all the places we Cubans have been scattered, this is what haunts us." (a href="htt...

How Obama Found Out Hillary Lost - FrontPage Magazine

Monday, November 21, 2016

Simas that there were some “surprising numbers” coming from rural counties in Florida. Trump was ahead by a much bigger margin than the models had anticipated—“and, in fact, a larger margin than Romney had beaten me in these areas, or McCain had beaten me in these areas.” Uh-oh. Even by ten o’clock, Obama said, “I’m still not watching television, which is just a general rule that I’ve maintained for the last eight years, not watching political television.” Obama can't tell a story without patting himself on the back. Even a story in which he loses.  By then, it was clear that the models were wrong and that Clinton was going to lose North Carolina and Florida—and that the difficulties she was having in the South were showing up in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Obama is hardly as cool and bloodless as advertised, but he will not perform, or even recount, his emotions on command.  Of course not. It gets in the way of manufacturing his image. The real Obama is utterly inaccessible even to a towel boy like Remnick.  But the great man of the left is still getting his narratives from Ben Rhodes.  Soon after the election had been called for Trump, Obama told them, Ben Rhodes had e-mailed to say that sometimes history zigzags. Obama seized on that. Of course he did. History will still validate him. It'll just take more time. Because it's all about him.

Susan Collins did not OK her appearance in Clinton's new anti-Trump ad - Bangor Daily News

Monday, September 12, 2016

Unfit, Dangerous, even for Republicans.”Some of the other critiques of Trump such as “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot” are left to Sen. Lindsey Graham and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who calls him a fraud.Collins made waves in early August when she announced she would not endorse Trump because he “does not reflect historical Republican values.” The announcement put Maine’s senior senator on a growing list of elected Republicans who came out publicly against Trump. Collins had to have known that her words would be repeated loudly and widely and probably, now that this ad is up, extensively through Election Day.That’s on Nov. 8. (Daily Brief, at your service.)A spokeswoman for Collins told the Bangor Daily News this morning that Collins did not authorize the use of her words or image in the ad and reiterated that Collins will not vote for Trump or Clinton.What’s the state of the presidential race less than two months out? Funny you should ask. New poll results from the Morning Consult, which surveyed about 1,710 likely voters Sept. 6-8, found Clinton still with the edge against Trump nationally, 41 percent to 39 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson tallied 10 percent with Green candidate Jill Stein with 3 percent.Among registered voters, the margins were essentially the same, with Clinton and Trump at 38 percent and 36 percent, respectively. You can read deeper into the poll results by clicking here.As you know, national-level polls are of limited help, other than feeding your insatiable desire to know exactly the status of the presidential race. For that, however, you’re better off l...