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The Wheeling Alternative

More on the Republican racism on display at the Capitol rotunda

Yesterday, the group that the racist poster group claimed to be affiliated with put out a statement that essentially said: “Hey, we aren’t that racist!” And why did it take so long for WV Republican officials to notice?

Act for America responds

The controversial booth with the racist poster at Friday’s “Republicans Take the Rotunda” event claimed affiliation with Act for America. The Southern Poverty Law Center considers ACT for America to be an anti-Muslim hate group because

it pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, denigrates . . .

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March 03, 2019

Some thoughts on the practice of blogging

Five years of blogging

In February of 2014 I decided that I needed to do something beyond complaining to my wife and friends about the state of journalism in the Wheeling area. I decided to create a blog; the Wheeling Alternative was the result. I published my first blog post on March 2, 2014 about a biased headline that ran in the . . .

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March 02, 2019

WV Republican intolerance strikes again

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Here's WV Metro News's report:

Tempers boiled over in West Virginia’s House of Delegates about a display outside the chamber depicting anti-Muslim images and statements.

The materials were on display on a table right outside the House as part of a “Republicans Take the Rotunda” event. Not far away were . . .

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March 01, 2019

Can an entire state suffer from battered spouse syndrome?

“Now for the first time in our history we’re going to help the people who brought us to the dance” -- Delegate Vernon Crisp (R – Wood) explaining the WV House of Delegates voting to reduce the severance tax on thermal coal

Today’s Wheeling “newspapers” featured a front-page story that the WV House of Delegates voted to reduce the taxes on steam coal. Delegate Crisp’s comment comes at the end of the story. Is Crisp familiar with West Virginia’s past, or for that matter, present? It’s difficult to study the state’s history and not see that those “who brought us . . .

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February 28, 2019

News sources carry update on the legislature's "campus carry" bill

Let's qualify that to "some"

Media coverage

  • This morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

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  • MetroNews at 9 AM this morning:

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  • Nexstar's statewide television news network carried a story about campus protests on its 5:30 PM statewide news last night.

Media non-coverage

This . . .

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February 26, 2019

A 17-year-old brings a loaded gun to a local high school and the Intelligencer finds that "worrisome"

It has had nothing to say, however, about the increasing likelihood that 18-year-olds will legally be allowed to bring concealed weapons to WV Northern and West Liberty campuses

From this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer editorial, "Keeping Firearms Out of Our Schools":

City police say that when they went to Steubenville High School to question a student about an armed robbery, they found a loaded .40-caliber pistol in his backpack. Later, that 17-year-old and a 16-year-old were charged in . . .

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February 25, 2019

I think I found the reason why the 2017 memorandum of understanding (sorry, I meant "trade agreement") between West Virginia and China may never happen

Here's our president on Friday

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February 24, 2019

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