The Wheeling Alternative

A tale of two coal-country newspaper editorials

The Wheeling News-Register and the Lexington Herald-Leader tackle the Trump administration’s decision to end the mountaintop mining study

On Tuesday, I blogged about the Trump administration’s decision to end a major study of the health effects of mountaintop mining. Today, despite not covering the original story, the Wheeling New-Register editorialized about that decision. Before doing so, however, the editorial spent the first two paragraphs attacking Obama even though it was . . .

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September 14, 2017

Health care: West Virginia, Joe Manchin, and the possibility of single-payer

The Affordable Care Act increased the number of West Virginian’s with health insurance in 2016

From the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy:

The data on health insurance coverage showed that 96,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2016, a decrease of 12,000 from 2015. In 2016, 94.7 percent of West Virginians had health . . .

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September 13, 2017

Mountaintop removal update

It may not get many headlines but it still continues to do damage

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Background for a study

As explained by the New York Times:

Last year, West Virginia officials asked the Obama administration to look into the health effects of mountaintop mining, a technique used to extract underlying coal. . . .

The National Academies assembled a 12-member expert committee to assess “new approaches to safeguard the health . . .

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September 12, 2017

Conspiracy theories

Rush Limbaugh on Hurricane Irma

The Washington Post details's Rush Limbaugh's Tuesday reaction to Hurricane Irma:

Rush Limbaugh didn't say the magic words, but on Tuesday he basically accused the media of creating fake news about Hurricane Irma, which is threatening Florida after hitting Barbuda and Antigua. The storm's . . .

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September 08, 2017

Senator Joe supports Trump's actions on "Dreamers"

Just in from Talking Points Memo:

Manchin Splits With Other Red-State Democrats, Praises Trump’s DACA Move

The article explains:

Members of Congress from both parties are furious at President Trump for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) ain’t one of them.

Manchin, who’s facing a tough . . .

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September 07, 2017

Of hypocrisy and bridges

The Intelligencer goes “all in” on Trump

This morning’s Intelligencer editorial, “Trump Abiding By The Oath He Took,” clearly demonstrates the extent to which the Wheeling “newspapers” will go to defend the Trump administration. According to the editorial, yesterday’s action by Trump (actually AG Jeff Sessions standing in for the President) was not about fulfilling his campaign . . .

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September 06, 2017

Zatezalo part 2: the News-Register praises the nominee (with 9/6 update)

Long-time readers of Wheeling papers, knew this was predictable. This past weekend a former coal company president was nominated to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Yesterday we read the glowing article about his nomination; today we read an enthusiastic editorial endorsement in the afternoon News-Register devoid of any . . .

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September 05, 2017


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