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On charter schools, the ends justify the means for the Wheeling News-Register

Today’s paper uses two out-of-context quotes in its editorial on charter schools in West Virginia

Today’s editorial, “Writing Rules For Charters,” concludes:

The new law makes it difficult enough to establish a charter school in West Virginia. In writing specific regulations, state officials should take care not to make the endeavor impossible.

That may be the editorial's thesis. Early in the editorial, it . . .

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September 15, 2019

More hypocrisy -- Ogden Newspapers and Mike Myer on West Virginia’s drug crisis

They had no problem blaming Obama when he was president; today’s column doesn’t even mention Trump

A 2015 Wheeling News-Register editorial

It was the fall of 2015 and then President Obama was set to visit West Virginia, one of the states that was being overwhelmed by the opioid epidemic. On the Sunday before his visit, the Wheeling News-Register editorialized:

It may be that some of the drug addicts President Barack . . .

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May 25, 2019

Despite its title, yesterday’s News-Register editorial is not about dispelling stereotypes

No, “Visit May Dispel Some Stereotypes” continues Ogden’s rewrite of the events surrounding the racist Republican display in the Capitol rotunda earlier this month

Republicans are blameless for what happened in Charleston

By shifting the focus to who brought the poster, the editorial, “Visit May Dispel Some Stereotypes,” continues Ogden’s efforts to absolve the Republican Party of any responsibility for what happened in the Capitol Rotunda earlier this month:

A few weeks ago, . . .

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March 22, 2019

Shorter version of today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial: “We’re shocked, shocked that anyone could possibly think that the WV Republican Party encourages racism”

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Who is criticized the most? A look at the possible answers

A. It's not House Speaker Roger Hanshaw. The speaker is quoted in the article about allowing:

national level politics to become a cancer on our state, to become a cancer on our Legislature, to invade our chamber in a way that, frankly, makes me . . .

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March 04, 2019

Today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial assures us that the current EPA can be relied upon to enforce environmental rules. Why don’t I believe them?

Answer: I did some research on the EPA's Chemours decision

The editorial, “Proving the EPA Can Be Relied Upon,” doesn’t prove what it says it does. It begins:

With some local residents expressing concern about the ethane cracker plant that may be built in Belmont County, it is important that government regulatory agencies ensure there is reason to have faith they will enforce . . .

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February 18, 2019

Some thoughts on today's Wheeling News-Register editorial about Senator Manchin and Trump’s proposal to end the government shutdown (with 1/22 update)

A suggestion to the writer: forget what Manchin thinks – you need to reach Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh

Senator Manchin on Trump’s proposal

On Saturday, President Trump suggested a plan that would end the government shutdown and get him $5.7 billion for his wall (or whatever he is now calling it). Democrats opposed it. Today’s News-Register editorial, "Manchin Is Right About Compromise," claims that West Virginia’s Democratic . . .

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January 21, 2019

“Never Ever Back Down” *

Forget fairness, ethical journalism, and what the president has previously said -- Wheeling “newspapers” go all-in for Trump on immigration

The morning Wheeling Intelligencer carried the first half of this AP story:

Trump Vows He Will ‘Never Ever Back Down’ on Wall

As they often do with Trump articles from the Associated Press, the Intelligencer dropped half of the article. Here is the first paragraph that was dropped by the Intelligencer:

. . .

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January 15, 2019

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