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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 ...

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 ...