The Wheeling Alternative

Local takes on the football culture wars

Senator Joe channels his inner Donald

On Fox News (where else) earlier this week:

Top Dem: NFL Owners Must 'Make Clear' They Won't Tolerate Kneeling For Flag

Here's the video:

I'm sure they're listening, Joe.

Reactions to the Brooke sign at the . . .

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September 28, 2017

The local Sunday columns

Charlie Chaplin and bonus points for enthusiasm?

Sunday's Mike Myer column puts him in the lead for the annual "Dumbest Column of the Year Award"

When you have no proof, just make it up. Myer makes the following assertion early in the column after briefly discussing the Charlie Chaplin movie, The Great Dictator:

Some of the very same people who put . . .

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September 25, 2017

Trump makes more appointments

Three more foxes for the hen house

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Earlier this month I highlighted Trump's appointment of a former coal company president whose company had a history of mine safety violations to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Rather than an isolated incident -- this decision appears to be a part of a deliberate policy. Here are some additional appointments I . . .

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September 22, 2017

Intelligencer buries West Virginia campaign fraud story with local/state implications on the obituary page

Not much to see here

If you look for it, you can find a skeleton of a story on page 2 of yesterday’s Wheeling Intelligencer in the last column right below “Funerals Today."1 It’s a three paragraph AP report and the headline reads:

Businessman Accused of Campaign Fraud

The AP story:

. . .

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September 21, 2017

Will she fold again on supporting health care for West Virginians?

Senator Capito gets another chance to support the citizens of her state

If you’ve been following the news, you know that the Republicans may soon try to replace Obamacare with yet another plan. West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who voted for the last replacement attempt, once again may be a critical vote. For Capito, this one should be no-brainer for an obvious reason: money for opioid treatment. Capito . . .

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September 19, 2017

The Wheeling papers frame automation as “helping coal worker productivity”

Of course it has nothing to do with job loss; that’s always Obama’s fault

Today’s Wheeling "newspapers" have a front page article, “Technology Helping Coal Worker Productivity in the Ohio Valley”, which looks to have grown out of a Murray Energy PR release. While it appears that the article is about improved worker productivity, it demonstrates what increased mechanization is (and has been) doing to the . . .

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September 18, 2017

Rep. McKinley votes to cut coal safety enforcement budget (with 9/16 update)

Why is the congressman ignoring his own vote?

The vote

Here’s the headline on this morning’s front page of the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

W.Va Reps. Vote to Cut MSHA Funds

And here’s the subheading:

Congressmen, all Republicans, cite ‘rightsizing’ mine safety amid coal industry’s decline

Ken Ward, Jr. reports:

. . .

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September 15, 2017

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