The Observer moves forward

The Observer’s new editor and publisher Michael Chalmers revamped the magazine’s look this month, both online and in print.  And I’m thrilled to be a part of it.  I’ve been contributing to The Observer as a feature writer regularly for more than two years (and intermittently before that), focusing on land use, historic preservation and related issues in and around Jefferson County, West Virginia.  Mike’s combination of energy and ambition already has expanded The Observer’s focus into Read more [...]
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Is the water safe to drink?

That’s a question no one should have to ask. Particularly, as we Americans like to think, in our own country. But the Flint, Michigan water crises reminds us that, more than 30 years after passage of the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, dirty drinking water is a reality for some Americans. As a (transplanted) West Virginian, I can’t help thinking about the Elk River chemical spill in Charleston that occurred two winters ago. The stories emerging from Flint are eerily the Read more [...]
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