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The Wheeling Alternative

Words from our local keyboard commando: it's time for America's sons and daughters to fight and die in yet another war

Back in the run-up to our invasion of Iraq in 2002 and 2003 some columnists and writers never missed a chance to urge the United States to attack Iraq. Saddam, they told us, had weapons of mass destruction -- chemical and nuclear weapons, and he, somehow or another, was connected to September 11, 2001. The voices who challenged them were . . .

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June 02, 2015

Intelligencer edits global warming out of today's front page AP report

Here's a section of today's front page Intelligencer article from the Associated Press on Republican efforts to "rein in" the EPA:

The rules are among a host of regulations that majority Republicans have targeted for repeal or delay as they confront President Barack Obama on a second-term priority: his . . .

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June 01, 2015

A surprise -- a good article on the coal layoffs in the Sunday News-Register

Local reporter Ian Hicks covered with sufficient detail and evidence the ramifications of the recent local coal layoffs. The article brought together a number of related stories including the recent WVU study. I especially liked that he looked at additional sources beyond simply relying on Murray Coal - especially for the number of outside . . .

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June 01, 2015

The Saturday Myer column

Column uses only seven of the ten Republican words -- "under" wins

That didn't take long (please see previous post). Mike Myer weighed in this morning with "Four States Hold Key on Coal." While the column was more about strategy ("here's what we should do about this" -- I like the assumption that . . .

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May 30, 2015

Talking about coal

Republicans vs. Democrats

Here is an interesting study of language usage related to coal by a group of data scientists:

It’s easy to say that coal carries political weight in America, but who actually talks about “coal” in Washington — and why? Using a huge trove of the public statements of members of Congress, we crunched the data from 2010 through . . .

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May 29, 2015

Blood on the Mountain

New documentary about coal and West Virginia premieres

The Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, and Earthjustice hosted the world premier of Blood on the Mountain at the Workers Unite! Film Festival last night. Here is a description of the film from the film's website:

“Blood on the Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from . . .

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May 27, 2015

Just make it up -- what to do when you have no evidence for your case

The Intelligencer on Obamacare

Today's attack on Obamacare by the Wheeling "newspapers" begins:

Mark this one down in your amazing-but-true book: Liberals in Congress admit they made a mistake on Obamacare.

With an introductory sentence like that you would expect to read the names of some of these liberals and then why they now . . .

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May 26, 2015

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