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Anti-Semitism is on the rise

And the Wheeling News-Register can only tell us that there are "plenty of reasons" while ignoring the obvious one

From the editorial* in Wednesday’s Wheeling News-Register:

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

This is yet another opinion piece that ignores . . .

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March 01, 2018

Defending free speech?

An ill-informed, mean-spirited, dated editorial from the Wheeling News-Register that adds nothing to our understanding of free speech issues (with 2/28 and 3/2 updates)

This afternoon's Wheeling News-Register editorial, "Defend Free Speech, Don't Discourage It," is one of its worst (on many levels) in at least a couple of months. The editorial is about the University of Washington's decision to require a campus Republican group to provide $17,000 upfront for security in order to bring a . . .

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February 27, 2018

Today’s editorial tells us: “Get Bigger ‘Take’ From Sports Bets”

It was obviously written by someone who did little or no research

Today's News-Register editorial explains why the state of West Virginia's take on sports betting should be increased if the U.S. Supreme Court gives the go-ahead:

After buying some computer hardware and software, the casino’s costs would be minimal. Much of the operation would be virtually automatic.

No, . . .

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February 11, 2018

Latest CHIP update

The Republican tax package passes but the children will need to wait until next year

A few hours ago Axios reported:

The Senate is unlikely to address outstanding health care issues in the government spending bill that must pass by Friday, according to three senior GOP aides and a Democratic leadership aide. That means that a long-term CHIP funding bill, delays of the Affordable Care Act taxes and individual . . .

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December 20, 2017

The straw men are back

The locals defend the Republican tax plan

A majority of Americans disapprove of the Republican tax plan. Polling on the various plans has been relatively consistent and today's Monmouth Poll is yet another example:

Americans disapprove of the tax reform plan currently making its way through Congress by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Half the public believe their own taxes . . .

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December 18, 2017

News-Register editorial: critics of the Republican tax packages are “nitpicking”

The tax plans are “bait-and-switch” but our local papers will find ways to defend them

From this morning's Washington Post:

Congressional Republicans have implanted nearly 50 expiring provisions in their tax-cut bills that, if left unaddressed, would transform what Republicans promised would be middle-class tax relief into a law that raises taxes for tens of millions of Americans.

More than 80 percent of . . .

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November 23, 2017

The locals cover the China/natural gas story

Are we celebrating too soon?

A very large headline in this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer proclaims:

China Making Moves In the Mountain State

The sub-headline tells us:

Deal hailed as major step forward for W.Va.

And the first paragraph gives us the details:

. . .

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November 10, 2017

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