The Wheeling Alternative

Can an entire state suffer from battered spouse syndrome?

“Now for the first time in our history we’re going to help the people who brought us to the dance” -- Delegate Vernon Crisp (R – Wood) explaining the WV House of Delegates voting to reduce the severance tax on thermal coal

Today’s Wheeling “newspapers” featured a front-page story that the WV House of Delegates voted to reduce the taxes on steam coal. Delegate Crisp’s comment comes at the end of the story. Is Crisp familiar with West Virginia’s past, or for that matter, present? It’s difficult to study the state’s history and not see that those “who brought us . . .

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February 28, 2019

News sources carry update on the legislature's "campus carry" bill

Let's qualify that to "some"

Media coverage

  • This morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

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  • MetroNews at 9 AM this morning:

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  • Nexstar's statewide television news network carried a story about campus protests on its 5:30 PM statewide news last night.

Media non-coverage

This . . .

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February 26, 2019

A 17-year-old brings a loaded gun to a local high school and the Intelligencer finds that "worrisome"

It has had nothing to say, however, about the increasing likelihood that 18-year-olds will legally be allowed to bring concealed weapons to WV Northern and West Liberty campuses

From this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer editorial, "Keeping Firearms Out of Our Schools":

City police say that when they went to Steubenville High School to question a student about an armed robbery, they found a loaded .40-caliber pistol in his backpack. Later, that 17-year-old and a 16-year-old were charged in . . .

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February 25, 2019

I think I found the reason why the 2017 memorandum of understanding (sorry, I meant "trade agreement") between West Virginia and China may never happen

Here's our president on Friday

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February 24, 2019

So much for compromise

Mike Myer blames unions (surprise, surprise) for the rejection of the Republican omnibus education bill

Editor Mike Myer begins today’s column, “No Incentive to Compromise,” by looking first at national politics. He writes:

Clearly, compromise is dead in Washington, D.C.

I assume Myer is referring to the recent government shutdown which was originally precipitated by the president’s rejection of a compromise between . . .

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February 23, 2019

Today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial assures us that the current EPA can be relied upon to enforce environmental rules. Why don’t I believe them?

Answer: I did some research on the EPA's Chemours decision

The editorial, “Proving the EPA Can Be Relied Upon,” doesn’t prove what it says it does. It begins:

With some local residents expressing concern about the ethane cracker plant that may be built in Belmont County, it is important that government regulatory agencies ensure there is reason to have faith they will enforce . . .

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February 18, 2019

A follow-up on reactions to Trump’s executive order

What did West Virginia's congressional delegation and the Wheeling Intelligencer have to say about Trump's order?

What do West Virginia’s representatives think?

The Charleston Gazette-Mail took what I consider the logical next step following President Trump’s executive order to build his wall – they checked with West Virginia’s congressional representation to complement their national coverage. Here is what reporter Jake Zuckerman found.

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February 16, 2019

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