Reading the Sunday opinion section
Different day, same point of view
The lead editorial is a rewrite of yesterday's Mike Myer's opinion column (see next post down):
A week ago, Charleston was permeated with a near-sense of panic. Time was running out for West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to agree on a budget. There were warnings — some of them in the press — state government might shut down. For months before, there had been other fears promoted: State police would be laid off if spending was cut. County school district budgets would be jeopardized. College tuition would be increased.
It all played right into the hands of the big-government crowd. A budget was approved by legislators early last week. Tomblin clearly was pleased with what they sent him.
The editorial again blames the bureaucracy and all those liberal legislators (yes, all three of them who have power beyond their numbers) who "cowed" the legislature. And somehow the editorial knows Tomblin's reaction. (I doubt that he was "clearly pleased." I think he preferred increasing taxes to raiding the "rainy-day" fund.) And once again the word "Republican" doesn't appear anywhere in the editorial despite their control of the legislature.
The editorial does offer advice to the legislature -- get started right now. I'm not sure that will work because the pressing issues of which bathroom you can use, "religious freedom," and finding additional ways to put it to unions are already in line.
Mike Myer tells us to "Blame Evil, Not Firearms"
The shorter version of the column: bombs kill more people so why bother with gun control. (Read the column -- I don't think I'm overgeneralizing.)
And it's not a Mike Myer column without at least one straw-man:
Want to confiscate every gun in the United States? Lots of luck with that. But even that wouldn’t address the real problem: evil.