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Reading outdated opinion

If timeliness and relevance are important to you, ignore the Sunday News-Register

While reading the various opinion writers in today’s “Opinion” section of the Wheeling News-Register, the timeliness of the columnists kept jumping out at me. Delegate Tim Armstead, for instance, discussed Trump’s tax plan as though it was seriously being considered. It’s not – both the Senate and the House have had their own plans for at . . .

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November 19, 2017

Credit where credit is due

Mike Myer makes an important point about the China/WV deal

In a column that makes a number of barely-connected points, Myer starts with one of his favorite themes -- why West Virginian are so special and different from other Americans:

We have a pull-ourselves-up-by-our-own-bootstraps attitude. It’s necessary. Seldom do we have any reason to look for knights in shining armor to give us a hand.

We . . .

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November 18, 2017

McKinley explains his vote supporting the Republican tax plan

Despite the damage the plan will do to the citizens of his congressional district, the representative stays close to the Republican script

Representative David McKinley via MetroNews:

“We have a clear choice here: do we allow the status quo to continue, which only benefits the wealthy and politically connected?” he said in a release. “Or do we allow the process to continue and fight to ensure the final version is the best deal possible for the middle class and small employers?” . . .

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November 17, 2017

They sink lower and lower: a Fox News anchor demonstrates that he has more journalistic integrity than the Wheeling Intelligencer

(with evening update)

Intelligencer tells Congress to “probe Clinton”

Once again the Intelligencer demonstrates that its allegiance to Trump supersedes any ethical coverage of a story. This morning’s editorial, “Probe Clinton Link to Uranium Deal,” is just a rehash of their last editorial on the subject on October 27. Of course there is nothing new and the . . .

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November 15, 2017

Hen house update

Trump administration continues to add foxes

A summary

The Daily Beast last month examined the extent to which former industry officials have become regulators of their former industries:

Nearly a year since he won election, the president has turned federal agencies over to the private industries that they regulate. And he has done so to a degree that ethics groups say they have never . . .

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November 14, 2017

Maybe we should wait to open the champagne: more on the China/West Virginia “deal”

Sunday News-Register still celebrating

Two front page articles in this morning’s paper continue the reveling following Thursday’s announced $84 billion deal (to be more precise, it was a “statement of intent”) with China. The larger article, with an accompanying picture of a gas worker, takes up almost half of the front page:

Legislators, . . .

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November 12, 2017

The locals cover the China/natural gas story

Are we celebrating too soon?

A very large headline in this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer proclaims:

China Making Moves In the Mountain State

The sub-headline tells us:

Deal hailed as major step forward for W.Va.

And the first paragraph gives us the details:

The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s . . .

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November 10, 2017

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