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The WV legislature and Ogden Newspapers have praised the state for its willingness to always help those in need. When it comes to Ukrainian refugees, do we deserve the praise?

In last Thursday’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial, we were told that West Virginians

“are always willing to welcome new folks. . . . This is a West Virginia trait that does not differ based on the letter someone chooses to put after his or her last name. If someone needs our help, we give it.”

In addition to . . .

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March 23, 2022

More disdain for its readers

Today’s Wheeling Intelligencer runs the same old Ohio editorial that it ran on March 7

I joked about it yesterday, but today’s paper runs yet another tired and meaningless Ohio editorial:

Improving Life Expectancy

This editorial appears to have originated in the Marietta Times five weeks ago:

Overcome life expectancy statistic; take care of yourself

If today's . . .

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March 22, 2022

What's happening in the various Ohio Republican primary elections?

The Wheeling Intelligencer gives us a near-daily diet of recycled, months-old Ohio editorials but ignores the good stuff: Ohio's Republican primaries

From Friday's Republican debate for the U.S. Senate nomination, here are the two frontrunners, Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons doing more than debating:

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March 21, 2022

Welcoming refugees

Are West Virginians as hospitable as legislators and Ogden Newspapers think they are?

The editorial

Yesterday’s Ogden editorial, “WVa. a Welcome Home for Refugees,” begins by telling us what the WV legislature did at the end of their most recent legislative session:

Among the last resolutions adopted by West Virginia lawmakers before the end of this year’s regular legislative session was one urging . . .

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March 18, 2022

Manchin updates

Manchin's money from the oil and gas industry 2021-2022

Perhaps, I thought, it was a bit unfair of me to suggest in yesterday's post that Senator Joe Manchin was owned by the oil and gas industry. I decided to do some checking. My conclusion: it's worse than I thought. From Open Secrets, here are the senators who have . . .

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March 16, 2022

Does David McKinley get to bet on horse races after they’ve been run?

Today, the Wheeling Intelligencer ran an op-ed by the local congressman calling for Sarah Bloom Raskin’s withdrawal AFTER she had already withdrawn

Yesterday afternoon, one of President Biden’s Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ nominees, Sarah Bloom Raskin, withdrew her name for consideration. The event happened early enough in the day that today’s Wheeling Intelligencer ran an AP article on her decision on page 8:

Embattled Federal Reserve Pick Raskin Withdraws . . .

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March 16, 2022

At an energy conference, Manchin doesn't even pretend to care about his constituents or the environment

WV's senator uses "we" when speaking to a room full of oil and gas executives

From Kate Aronoff in today's New Republic:

At S&P Global’s CERAWeek—one of the continent’s largest energy conferences—Manchin seemed to present himself as a representative for the industry in Washington, offering the room pointers on how to deal with politicians.

“We haven’t been good at . . . you know, I say, ‘we,’” . . .

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March 15, 2022

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