Our big mistake, in a way, was splitting away from Virginia to form our own state in 186....
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West Virginia gains so much bad, sardonic, comedic press because the state never stops giving. Is it really a state, in concept and deed like other American states or is it a collection of counties organized around contracts for mineral and gas extractions; strip mines, deep shaft mines, gob piles, spoil banks, etc. It doesn't help that a "Mountaineer" is touted as a state symbol. While that might have had traction back in the day, today most people would think of characters out of "Breaking Bad" or any cable television series which showcases characters who forgot where they left their teeth.
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The people back in the 1880's had more morals than those of today; they knew that slavery was wrong, even evil. The act of succession at that time deserves the highest admiration and esteem, as an act of humanity, a sign of grace for all people. I'm a proud citizen of West Virginia and what it stands for, even if many in this state do not represent it's valiant past.
I am constantly amazed at the anti-American statements and sentiments by this editor, and now, again I am completely shocked by this article. You, sir, are fortunate to live in a great nation that tolerates the likes of you, even as you work against the very foundations that provides your freedom of speech, as vile and unpatriotic as it is. Your work is lie, half truth at best. Rejoice, you are an American, a Mountaineer.
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Dino, because William Penn's grabt didn't include it.
The Northern Panhandle is a culturally and geographically distinct region in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the state's northernmost extension, bounded by the Ohio River on the north and west and the state of Pennsylvania on the east. Its unusual configuration is the result of the Revolutionary-era claims of Virginia's former Yohogania County boundary lying along the Ohio River, conflicting with interpretations of the Colony of Pennsylvania's royal charter. The conflict was settled by compromise in the 1780s.
Plain and simple. In hindsight the "powers that be" should have picked a completely different name without the name VIRGINIA in it. And i never have heard a reason why the northern panhandle isn't part of PA.
If Kids Count says it, it must be true. If it is, I guess black kids have done an outstanding job of overcoming that hatred.
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