The Wheeling Alternative

The “war on coal” is over

Today, May 7, 2020, the Wheeling News-Register published a pro-alternative energy editorial

I think this is significant.

The “war” was never really a real war as much as a rallying cry for the coal industry and its supporters. Today, Ogden Newspaper’s Wheeling News-Register, long a mainstay in the industry’s propaganda battle, signaled that it was over with its editorial “Area Can Benefit From Solar Energy.”

It . . .

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May 07, 2020

“Mourning/Morning in America”

The Lincoln Project rifts on a classic Reagan ad from 1984

The Lincoln Project was formed earlier this year by a group of Republicans unhappy with the Trump presidency. Their purpose, according to their website:

The Lincoln Project is holding accountable those who would violate their oaths to the Constitution and would put others before Americans.

To that end, they have . . .

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May 05, 2020

Ogden and the continuing decline of newspapers

Last week, S&P Global Market Intelligence documented how the coronavirus was hurting newspapers regardless of size or the community it served:

Over the past two weeks, dozens of local publications across the country have furloughed or laid off reporters, reduced the frequency of their publishing or dropped their print . . .

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May 04, 2020

So much for curiosity and research

Our local editor looks at national park closings

Today’s Mike Myer column is similar to his April column on the closings precipitated by the spread of the coronavirus: (1) it attempts to make the case for keeping things (in this case, the national parks) open, and (2) it does so by pure assertion.

Early in the column, Myer tells us:

Many national parks shut down . . .

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May 03, 2020

How to lie with statistics

Trump/McKinley Paycheck Protection Program edition

On Tuesday, our local congressman, David McKinley, retweeted the following from the GOP and the White House:

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April 30, 2020

Today, the Wheeling Intelligencer finally ended its series on the thoughts of West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee

Exaggerations and highlights from four days and 2300 words

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My understanding is that most universities have had to finish this semester online. While that task would present some difficulties, I searched and could not any other university leader who compared their planning to the 1944 D-Day operation or similar undertaking. (Even at universities that serve more students!)

Some . . .

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April 29, 2020

Of course he did -- he's Trump's VP (with update)

Mike Pence at the Mayo Clinic and other outrages

The VP at the Mayo Clinic

No mask
Apparently, the clinic . . .

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April 28, 2020

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