• This Land: Trump’s Budget Would Hit His Appalachian Voters Hard

    Voters in Appalachia gave Donald Trump a lot of love on Election Day, providing some of his widest margins in the nation. But, like most malignant narcissists, Trump appears incapable of returning that love with anything but loathing and disdain. Sure, he made smooth promises during the campaign and even during his inauguration. He’d bring […]

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  • This Land: Republican Health Care Plan Would Be Devastating To Appalachia

    The Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare looked like a disaster the moment it was introduced, but now that the Congressional Budget Office has released its study of the bill’s impact and its architects have had more time to attempt to defend it, I think it’s safe to say that passage of the American […]

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  • This Land: There are many reasons to oppose natural gas pipelines

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rightly lauded decisions by two West Coast breweries to build East Coast facilities in Virginia. But he doesn’t seem to truly understand why Virginia — and specifically the Roanoke area — appealed to those executives. One of the coolest things about living in Roanoke — and there are many — […]

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  • This Land: Why Everyone Should Be Afraid Of Steve Bannon’s White House Ascent

    The resignation of Donald Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn Monday night is the latest sign of turmoil and incompetence from the White House. His resignation apparently became inevitable after The Washington Post reported that, despite his denials and the denials of Vice President Mike Pence, Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions imposed by President Barack […]

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  • This Land: Trump’s Assault On The Federal Judiciary Is A Dangerous Sign

    Donald Trump is so fundamentally ignorant about the democracy he now leads, it is possible that he was not aware just how disturbing it was that he engaged in a Twitter attack on a federal judge who issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of Trump’s travel ban. But that attack — in which he […]

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  • This Land: The troubled, troubling history of ‘America First’

    When Donald Trump originally embraced “America First” as a slogan during the campaign, I wondered if he was aware of the slogan’s very troubling history. But it’s impossible to believe that in all the time since no one pulled the president aside and told him that this slogan had once been used by anti-Semitic Nazi […]

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  • This Land: A third Bush term would be preferable to Trump

    I was a fierce critic of President George W. Bush. Following his installation by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, I penned a scathing column entitled, “Hail to the thief? I don’t think so,” in which I expressed my dismay with the court’s decision and my rejection of calls to rally around Bush after the […]

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  • Hail to the thief? I don’t think so

    Originally printed in The Charleston Gazette on December 15, 2000 NOW that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the final nail in Vice President Al Gore’s coffin, some people are insisting it’s time to put all the divisiveness of the past month or so behind us and rally around the new president. Well, I say to […]

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  • This Land: Trump will ignore security threats of climate change

    It is not surprising that President-elect Donald Trump will be surrounding himself with people who disagree with the scientific consensus about the urgency of taking action to reduce carbon emissions. Trump has made no secret of where he stands, and the large number of appointees with oil and gas interests is further guarantee that global […]

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  • This Land: Trump’s Cabinet will be loaded with climate-change deniers

    At this writing, Donald Trump has nominated or appointed 28 individuals to serve his administration. As far as I can tell, of those 28 individuals, only three are on record affirming the scientific fact that human activity is causing global climate change. The rest are not necessarily all climate deniers. Some have simply not taken […]

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