The Wheeling Alternative

It's all Obama's fault

Even when it isn't

For most Republicans, Fox News, and our local "newspapers," it's always Obama's fault. And it's always been his fault. (My favorite Republican example is the survey of Louisiana Republicans that held Obama, rather than George Bush, responsible for the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I also assume you saw that . . .

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January 24, 2016

Following the WV legislature 2

Delegate Rupie Phillips passes out sun screen to delegates (as protection from global warming)

According to today's Charleston Gazette-Mail, Rupie Phillips, a Democrat from Logan County passed out sun screen yesterday to fellow legislators to help protect them from global warming:

Democratic Delegate Rupie Phillips passed around the bottles of sunscreen Thursday.

The lawmaker from coal-producing Logan County told . . .

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January 22, 2016

Following the WV legislature 1

Drug testing is back

This morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail is reporting that the legislature is looking at drug testing for welfare recipients:

The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee advanced legislation (SB 6) Tuesday that would mandate drug testing for about 2,000 adults who receive welfare benefits through the Temporary Assistance . . .

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January 20, 2016

Right-to-work and newspaper credibility

A right-to-work bill by any other name would smell as badly

You can tell the legislature is back in session -- the right-to-work editorials/columns are back. Yesterday's News-Register editorial, "Giving Workers Right to Choose," is surprise, surprise in favor of this year's version of right-to-work legislation. This . . .

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January 18, 2016

A game changer?

Some thoughts on today's moratorium on federal land coal-mining leases

The decision

As the Washington Post reported this morning:

The Obama administration on Friday ordered a moratorium on new leases for coal mined from federal lands as part of a sweeping review on the government’s management of vast amounts of taxpayer-owned coal throughout the West.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell . . .

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January 15, 2016

Coal ash dumping

For towns and states that don't matter

The effects of coal ash dumping in nearby Fayette County, Pennsylvania

From Monday's "Power Source" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Only about 250 people live in La Belle, a former coal mining patch on an inside bend of the Monongahela River in Luzerne Township, Fayette County. It’s so tiny that it doesn’t . . .

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January 14, 2016

The answer: Yes, apparently the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

The question: Is there a West Virginia newspaper that loves David McKinley more than the Wheeling Intelligencer?

When I saw the headline "McKinley deserving of Statesman of the Year honor" on a Google search I thought of former POTUS William McKinley and asked myself "why would you honor a man who's been dead for over 114 years as your Statesman of the Year?" (Hmmm --- maybe he wasn't actually dead!) When I clicked on the . . .

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January 14, 2016

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