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An Excerpt from Damn Yankee Buttons, a book I am working on: ….my experience calls into question some of the fairly blatant generalizations you made back in 1994. Shortly into your observations about humans in the Appalachian Mountains, you grab … Continue reading

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Taming of Democracy

An excerpt from Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on. A book by Terry Bouton beckoned me to take a look inside– below the title Taming Democracy in small print  it claimed that the American Revolution had a … Continue reading

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Names for sale

An excerpt from Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on. I despair at the commercialism that causes ball parks and bowl games to be named for whatever company puts up the money.  Poor Watt Powell.[1] It’s getting as bad … Continue reading

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Progressland

Excerpts from Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on: Progressland all looks alike. It is four lane highways that have destroyed small business in small-town America. There are trashy stretches of fast food joints and filling stations on … Continue reading

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Republicans and Money

An excerpt from Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on. I published in the Lincoln Independent, January 31, 1996: The Republicans do not care if they balance the budget. A balanced budget is being used as a smokescreen … Continue reading

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Back to Back

An excerpt from an essay I may include in a book of my op-eds: Ugly politicians—I used to see pictures of all those ugly, sour-looking men standing on Lenin’s tomb in Moscow and would then turn to the local paper … Continue reading

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Morgantown to San Francisco

Excerpt from a letter by a good friend in San Francisco, after I had returned to West Virginia. It will be in my Morgantown to San Francisco memoir. …. Constantly changing here—-that’s why I came here, why I stay and … Continue reading

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