I'm a retired educator with interests in media, politics and popular culture.
About this blog
Over the years I've grown tired of the lack of attention given to a number of important issues that affect Ohio Valley residents. This blog will try to cover some of those issues. More importantly, the issues that are covered by local media (especially our newspapers) are often done with blatant partisanship. This problem is not a new one for West Virginia -- here's a report from the West Virginia Tax Commission Report on State Development from 1884:
"Whatever information or argument will cajole the people into advancing the money making schemes of individuals is published in papers, proclaimed on the hustings and advocated by men employed to manufacture public opinion. On the other hand every fact calculated to acquaint the people with the true condition of affairs is frequently carefully suppressed by influential jounals and by those who are recognized as successful politicians."
I believe the problem has grown much worse and so this blog will address some of those issues.
With no experience in blogging and average (at best) computer skills, I began work on this blog in early 2014. I found the learning curve on Wordpress frustrating and so I looked for a friendlier platform. After some research, I bought a website-creation program and it got me up and running in March of 2014 at wheelingalternative.com. While I was able to publish my thoughts online, the process was very time-consuming -- even a year later. (Not helping was the most recent version of my software which caused me all kinds of difficulties with font sizing.) Additionally, I became dissatisfied with the look of the blog and some of the limitations of the program. In mid-April of 2015 I went looking for a simpler approach and I found Silvrback.
Hopefully my new blog platform will help me get my ideas online easier and, more importantly, provide you with an alternative to Wheeling media.
If you have comments about the blog or suggestions the easiest way to contact me is through the "contact me" page here on my old blog.