Robert C. Byrd and Moundsville’s mine-resistant/ambush-protected vehicle
A look at the front page of Friday’s Wheeling Intelligencer
Note -- My RSS feed has been a recurring problem for me. In this case, the RSS feed did not go out when this and the previous post were originally published on Friday and Thursday.
Here is the U.S. Army’s description of this vehicle:
The Cougar MRAP can be used in command and control, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), patrol, convoy support, forward observation, reconnaissance and medical evacuation (Med-Evac) missions.
Cougar armoured vehicles are operated by forces in the United States, Canada, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
Add Moundsville, West Virginia to that list.
Okay, I give-up. The vehicle didn’t cost the city anything, but why does Moundsville need a Cougar MRAP? To answer that question, this morning’s front-page article references the Moundsville Police Chief, Tom Mitchell:
“We could use it for various things,” Mitchell said. He said the department can use it as a “tactical resource vehicle” for various scenarios.
That’s not very specific. Later in the article, Mitchell explains:
While the vehicle had to be “demilitarized” before the city police department could make use of it, the MRAP could be used in a hostage situation as a tactical “rescue” vehicle or as an “incident command” vehicle, according to Mitchell. He said it is bulletproof and is capable of stopping a 50-caliber round of ammunition.
At a time when many Americans are questioning the use of excessive force by local police, what is Moundsville doing accepting a MRAP? (Perhaps the chief is getting ready for those busloads of antifa and other radicals that may be headed to Moundsville.)
And I thought West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd died ten years ago
Apparently not. This morning’s front page has a picture of him and a caption which refers to him in the present tense: “Byrd commonly reflects . . . . as he proudly displays a large photograph of a coal field in Raliegh County in southern West Virginia which he keeps in from of him . . . .”
(And when did “Raleigh County” become “Raliegh County”?)
The picture and caption accompany an article about Bethany College removing the late (I checked, he died in 2010) senator’s name from its student health center.
I know the Intelligencer has reduced staff, but couldn’t someone proof the front page?
The paper's editor may have an excuse on this one in that he is probably busy writing his Sunday opinion piece for Saturday’s paper. I wish I could bet on this one: I think Mike Myer’s column will be on political correctness and he will try to lump all those who want Confederate statues removed with the actions of some of Bethany’s alumni.