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Alpha wants to break union contract

From yesterday's Wall Street Journal:

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is asking a bankruptcy judge to let it slash retiree benefits and tear up existing labor agreements with its mine workers union, warning that its survival is at stake.

Two months ago, this same company gave $12 million in bonuses to company . . .

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March 30, 2016

Propagandizing for Benjamin

Just doing their job

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It's a Brent Benjamin Weekend!

As we get closer to West Virginia's election in May we are bound to read more and more about Judge Brent Benjamin. (He's a local "newspaper" favorite!) Yesterday's and today's "newspapers" got us off to a good start.

The Saturday Myer Column

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March 27, 2016

A good question: "What's it going to take?"

What are the real threats to our children?

Our local keyboard commando is back today urging us to do more against IS. Like most of the Republicans in Congress, Mike Myer blames the president but he's a bit short on specifics beyond "doing more." Instead, he concentrates on amping up the fear, concluding:

What's it going to take? A bunch of kids on their . . .

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March 27, 2016

WV Public Broadcasting interviews the newest member of the West Virginia Board of Education

From bad to worse? How our government and media fail West Virginians

Last July, state school board member Wade Linger suggested a state-backed teacher liability insurance plan which was a thinly-disguised effort to lessen the power of teacher unions. Prior to that, at the end of 2014, Linger tried to change the state science standards because they dealt with climate change.

At the request of a . . .

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March 25, 2016

Saturday morning opinions

Here comes that straw man again and it's a lot easier to be critical when you're not in power

Yes, its once again time to attack liberals for arguments they didn't make and then to somehow blame them for the Republican legislature's inability to act. Here's the opening paragraph from this morning's lead . . .

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March 19, 2016

Reading the Friday morning Intelligencer

"Chickens" and "Paul Ryan" are important, "global warming" -- not-so-much

What the Intelligencer covered

The most important story in this morning's Intelligencer (by headline and picture size) is obviously Moundsville's chicken problem. "Moundsville Has a Fowl Problem."

According to Alan Olsen:

The city is looking into regulating ownership of chickens within city . . .

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March 18, 2016

More Democratic vendettas (updated March 17)

They're still out to get West Virginians: our "newspapers" deny Obama and the Democrats any legitimacy to their points

I've been doing this blog for over two years and one of the constants has been the Intelligencer and the News-Register's refusal to acknowledge that President Obama has ever acted for what he believes is the best interest of the country; that, at the least, his actions might be well-intentioned but, as the "newspapers" see . . .

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March 16, 2016


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