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Reading the Wheeling News-Register's story about Bluefield’s engineering program

Mostly for selfish reasons, I have tried to stay away from writing about the Bluefield State College proposal to bring engineering courses to the former OVMC medical facility in Wheeling. Writing about that proposal, despite its simple appearance, takes in a lot of topics and territory and I figured that a post on the subject would be hard to . . .

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March 27, 2021

Playing the role of the playground bully is David McKinley (WV – 1)

The congressman reprises his role from last year’s Fauci hearings

Remember last year when our local representative tried to intimidate Dr. Anthony Fauci in a congressional hearing only to have the doctor turn the tables and make the congressman look petty and foolish? (Not everyone agrees with my assessment: our local Republican propaganda outlet, The Wheeling Intelligencer, later told us in an editorial . . .

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March 19, 2021

Ogden Newspapers separate the important from the not-so-important

A look at today’s front pages

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Obviously, only E is correct. (Note -- choice A did get some coverage on page 3 while B, C and D were ignored.)

That was too easy – as most local readers know, Ogden favorites always get front-page treatment regardless of the importance of other stories. (Notice that both Congressmen McKinley (WV) and Johnson (OH) also . . .

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March 12, 2021

Today’s Wheeling Intelligencer top story: “McKinley To Continue Fight for Fossil Fuels” (with required large picture) (Updated 2/19)

There’s not much news in the article but it is an opportunity for the locals to feature our local congressman criticizing President Biden and his energy policy

According to the article, McKinley is worried about the effects that President Biden's environmental policy will have on employment. If I understand his point, McKinley believes that we need to subsidize fossil fuels* because people are employed in those industries:

“We have to make sure we are going to personalize it and . . .

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February 18, 2021

Truth doesn’t matter to the propagandist

The locals print another Branco political cartoon

I haven’t done an exact count, but I would venture a guess that the Wheeling papers’ favorite political cartoonists is A.F. Branco. Last year, for example, the two local papers published at least a dozen cartoons attacking Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, and a number of them were from Branco. (The cartoons badly . . .

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February 15, 2021

Yesterday, Senator Shelley Moore Capito explained the debate over a coronavirus relief package to the state’s stenographers

Lucky for us, an Ogden representative participated

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Yesterday, West Virginia’s junior senator, Shelley Moore Capito, met online with some West Virginia media to discuss the Republican and Democratic coronavirus stimulus plans. Jess Mancini (from another Ogden paper) wrote the story for today’s Wheeling editions. Most of the article consists of Capito explaining the Republican . . .

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February 03, 2021

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner's op-ed in today’s Wheeling News-Register: “Confidence in Government Begins With Election Process”

Hey, Mac, do you think a secretary of state who attends and speaks at a “Stop the Steal” rally breeds confidence in the integrity of the election process?

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On December 9, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner certified West Virginia’s election results. That evening, he attended and spoke at a Trump “Stop the Steal” rally in Charleston. At the time, there was no evidence that any election had been stolen and there has been none presented since then.

WV Secretary of State . . .

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January 23, 2021

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