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Old columns, plagiarism, and Astroturf from a Koch group

Reading the Sunday opinion section

You’re still reading outdated opinions

Last Sunday I wrote a post about how badly outdated the columns and opinion pieces were in that day’s Wheeling News-Register opinion section: a date check of when the columns first appeared revealed that half of the columns were at least a week old. Out of curiosity, I examined today’s News-Register and . . .

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November 26, 2017

“We recognize a responsibility to provide leadership through editorials and commentary”

How about an editorial on Kathy Griffin?

The quotation in my headline is from a self-aggrandizing Wheeling Intelligencer editorial this past August. And for readers outside the Wheeling area, I’m not making this up -- one of the editorials in today’s Wheeling Intelligencer is about comedian Kathy Griffin. (I guess there was nothing new on any of the Clinton email/Benghazi/uranium . . .

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November 24, 2017

News-Register editorial: critics of the Republican tax packages are “nitpicking”

The tax plans are “bait-and-switch” but our local papers will find ways to defend them

From this morning's Washington Post:

Congressional Republicans have implanted nearly 50 expiring provisions in their tax-cut bills that, if left unaddressed, would transform what Republicans promised would be middle-class tax relief into a law that raises taxes for tens of millions of Americans.

More than 80 percent of the tax breaks set . . .

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November 23, 2017

Not too hypocritical

Wheeling “newspapers” and our congressional representative on the CBO and the national debt

The local "newspapers"

Wikipedia describes the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as

a federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government that provides budget and economic information to Congress.

As it and other sources point out, it's nonpartisan as it reviews the possible impacts of major . . .

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November 21, 2017

Reading outdated opinion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


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