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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

The Intelligencer "selectively uses" EPA scientists (whose credibility they usually question) to attack the EPA

What the Intelligencer won't do to assail Obama, the EPA and climate change

Here's what happened:

  1. The EPA's report on fracking came out in early June and a number of news sources, including the local ones, carried a headline that fracking was not a threat to our drinking water. Despite the headline, most of these reports, including the original AP report, featured critics who pointed out that . . .

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January 12, 2016

Morrisey watch 13

Here's the AP report from the morning Intelligencer:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's attorney general has accused one of the nation's largest drug wholesalers of flooding the state with tens of millions of doses of prescription pills in violation of state law.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Friday . . .

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January 09, 2016

A semi-optimistic look at our changing attitudes toward climate change

Republicans, Democrats, and West Virginians

American opinion on climate change is shifting

I think that the United States is slowly changing attitudes on climate change. It isn't happening rapidly but I believe there are some subtle changes occurring.

Polls, though still showing partisan differences, demonstrate increasing support for action for climate change in . . .

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January 07, 2016


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