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At the Capitol: Cross-day looming

With the 2020 legislative session fast approaching cross-over day — the last day for the House and Senate to act on bills originating in each house — legislators found their work overshadowed by distractions at the Capitol and beyond. Much of the focus of the week was on the girl’s ...

Here’s a Valentine for the teachers

Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite days at Central School on Second Street in Elkins. The teacher would give us a list with the names of all our classmates, and my family made each child a heart-shaped sugar cookie with red icing. The night before Valentine’s Day our ...

Rough beginning

Given the mess-up in Iowa, Democrats did not exactly roll out their official selection season with precision. But, the results both in Iowa and New Hampshire pointed to a more ominous trend that has little to do with election management. The party, united as they may be against President Donald ...

Protecting abortion survivors through new legislative action

It is a great day when West Virginians of all political stripes come together to protect innocent human life and make our state a more compassionate place. This week we will have just that opportunity. The Legislature passed House Bill 4007, known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors ...

From Obstacles to Opportunities

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each Saturday leading up to his local appearance. In the book The Road Less ...

Two mansions are a blessing

While attending a recent meeting with several state legislators at the Capitol in Charleston, I was reminded of the architectural gems that grace the campus of Davis & Elkins College. This meeting occurred in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Capitol. As I listened to the ...

Bad bureaucracy experience

Bright and early Thursday morning, I pulled into a visitors’ parking lot at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. Rather, I slammed into the lot. Squarely in the middle of the lot entrance was a large pothole. Not exactly the best way to create a good impression among visitors to the ...

This week in the House of Delegates

CHARLESTON — The House of Delegates crossed the midpoint of the 2020 legislative session this past week, with a focus on how to inspire innovation and job creation across the state. Thursday, Feb. 6, marked the 30th day of the 60-day session. So far this session, delegates have passed 89 ...

Reporter’s Notebook

As you read this we are now on the 34th day of the 2020 legislative session and by the end of the week two-thirds of the session will be behind us. It’s kind of ironic then, given that one of the key pieces of legislation - Senate Joint Resolution 8, phasing out the business and inventory ...

Barbour County Winter Fair to take place on March 6-7

Hello from Barbour County! Remember that February is Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Take care of your heart. It’s a pretty important part of your life! It may be winter, but the Philippi City Pool is thinking summer. ...

Focus on re-election

With the vote on conviction over, Donald Trump can focus on his re-election. Like almost everything, his viability will be determined by a strong economy. But it will be interesting to see what direction he will head in regard to foreign policy. With John Bolton not being able to testify, Trump ...

Taking a break from technology

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each week leading up to his local appearance. Need a break from technology? It ...

Financial health

A reporter from Forbes called my office a few weeks ago. Any time a national reporter calls can be reason for great consternation. I am pleased to report this particular call was a result of good news. The modern era is proving to be a challenging time for private institutions of higher ...

School calendars, regional jails and DUI discussed

At a session that Administration Secretary Allan McVey described as “the slowest session I think I’ve ever seen,” debate over a proposed change to school calendars highlighted the third full week of the 60-day regular session of the Legislature. A proposal to push back the start of the ...

Answers needed to learn from mistakes

Successful military professionals understand the importance of learning from their mistakes. Severe defeats are studied, a period of soul-searching ensues, and sometimes — but not always — corrections are made to avoid catastrophes in the future. So let us hope Major General James Hoyer, ...

Week four at the Legislature

Thursday will mark the halfway point of the 2020 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. As I predicted, it’s been a very quiet session. Case in point, as of this writing there are only four bills that have passed both the House of Delegates and Senate and are awaiting the ...

Opposing HB 4025

The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering House Bill 4025, sponsored by Delegates Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh County, and Tony Paynter, R- Wyoming County, which would reduce the publication of legal ads for public notice in communities and counties across West Virginia in favor of ...

Ulterior motives?

Senate Republicans have been cocky during the impeachment trial, celebrating the fact that they already have the votes to acquit. This is no doubt true and has been true since the process began. But as the GOP merrily continues on a course of not calling for witnesses, even if John Bolton ...

Protection, not politics

For years, I have believed that people with preexisting conditions should be able to obtain health insurance that meets their needs. This is a long-held position that dates back to my time as a healthcare lawyer. As someone who has worked in the field for many, many years, I know Obamacare is ...

Whirlwind alumni tour

The snowbird tour is underway. Davis & Elkins College is “hitting the road” to meet with alumni and friends across the country. Along with colleagues from the Advancement Office, I recently returned from a few days in New Mexico and Arizona and will head to a whirlwind tour of Florida ...