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Falling for false promises

Those who have fallen for the “Medicare for all” promises, and there are millions of them, ought to have a talk with Robert D’Anniballe. He and his family operate a private ambulance company — at least for now. Little by little during the past half-century, the federal government has ...

Great ice breakers for groups

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. Group sessions and ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week three at the Legislature

As predicted, the legislative session has been quiet so far, though that might change now that the candidate filing period has closed. Saturday was the last day to file, and while there might still be some filings working their way through the mail (if they’re postmarked for Saturday, ...

Role of the observer

In 1885, the European powers gathered in Berlin to slice up Africa to their immense benefit. Now in Berlin 2020, they have once more convened to try to determine the fate of an African state. Libya is now the latest candidate for destabilization, and the United States and the ever-sanctimonious ...

New year beginning on the right foot in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! The days are flying by, and the first month of the year is almost finished already. Diecast Dragsters will be having a Hotwheels Race on Jan. 26. Registration begins at 1 p.m., with the race starting at 2 p.m. Come on out and have some fun. There will be a Food ...

Confrontation is coming

Nuclear war is avoidable, as humankind has proven since 1945 — but a confrontation between the West Virginia Legislature and the state Board of Education may be inevitable. Both sides understand that would provoke a major state constitutional crisis to be resolved by the West Virginia ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week two at the Legislature

While the second week of the 2020 legislative session was going on upstairs on the second floor of the State Capitol Building in Charleston, on the first floor candidates were lining up to get on the May 12 primary ballot and the Nov. 3 general election ballot. According to the West Virginia ...

Large tent or smaller base

As the election of 2020 moves closer to the voting in primaries and caucuses, the Democratic party is quickly coming to a point where it will have to choose between two parties. One will got in a direction that stresses identity politics and the other that stresses inclusiveness and economic ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week One at the Legislature

Last week was the first week of the 2020 legislative session. Really, it was just three days, but I’m counting Monday and Tuesday since January legislative interim meetings started then. While it remains to be seen how the next 55 days of the 60-day session will go, this week was a bit ...

Fateful decision

With the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Donald Trump finally became a neo-Conservative. The action which was both rash and, even worse, emotional, gave the mullahs a decided break. First, it helped unite Iran, which had been under considerable pressure thanks to the sanctions ...

Barbour plans to take a ‘Snow Day’

Hello and Happy New Year from Barbour County! The year 2020 has arrived, and it brought some snow along. I would like to send a big thank you to the DOH for doing such an awesome job this season. The Barbour County Fairgrounds is planning a winter event. The first annual Snow Day will be fun ...

Providing info and understanding

Remember your high school and, perhaps, college history classes? Hopefully, you learned a lot about what happened during the past two or three millennia. You were taught virtually nothing about why important things happened, however. And, unless you educated yourself after leaving school, you ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Red Yawn

The 2020 legislative session starts Wednesday, Jan. 8, and I’m struggling with what I can fill this column up with. Based on what media heard last week, this is not going to be a very exciting session. It’s understandable. It’s an election year, with all 100 House of Delegates seats and ...

Erecting a firewall

Before the Civil War, hints of what was to come were already evident on the floors of Congress. During the debate over whether slavery should be allowed in the territories in the Mexican cession, some members of Congress had taken to carrying firearms. In 1857, Preston Brooks of South Carolina ...

Value of public notices

A new government report presented to the West Virginia Legislature recommends removing public notices from your community newspaper and placing them on a state government website to reduce state spending. Reducing government spending is important, but it should not come at the expense of an ...

Having happy holidays in Barbour County

Hello and happy new year from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a very merry Christmas. School resumes in Barbour County on Jan. 6. There will be a Food Service Worker Permit Class on Jan. 7 at the Market Place in Philippi. Registration begins at 5:15 pm, with the class ...

Follies of U.S. policy

At last, The Washington Post did Donald Trump a favor. After a three-year struggle to obtain a secret history of the Afghanistan War, the Post won its case. In the report, the follies of U.S. policy were exposed. The failures of nation building, the isolation of the Afghan government and the ...

Merry Christmas from Barbour County

Hello and Merry Christmas from Barbour County! Wreathes Across America will take place at the Fraternal Cemetery on today at noon. This is a national program to honor veterans at Christmas time by placing a wreath on their grave. Plan to join in on this holiday tradition. A ...

Greatest test for Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s embattled president, is facing the greatest test since his election. His first meeting with Vladimir Putin has been surrounded by controversy. Advocates of the hardline are back at it in the Maidan, threatening violence if Zelensky chooses anything that ...

D&E’s 1904 Society

A cynical, though practical view of life, might be the following: We teach our children they are to grow up, get a good job, earn money to support themselves and their family, and save enough money to enable their retirement until the end of their lives. A more purpose-filled and holistic view ...