Saturday, March 17, 2018

Republicans Not Behind West Virginia's Progress

A fawning editorial in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph credited the Republican majority in Charleston with the state's recent economic growth. This is a laughable assumption. Why? Because this growth is primarily because of rising global prices for metallurgical coal and natural gas -- two commodities we have in abundance -- due to increased demand overseas.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Delinquent Loans and Misplaced Priorities

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As soon as I reached the location of my current assignment, I became both angry and sad. A battered child's bike lay in the dirty scrap of a front yard. A few toys were also scattered about, mixed with empty pop bottles and other bits of trash.

The subject property was a rusty, battered old singlewide mobile home. Instead of curtains the windows were covered with blankets. The metal had been patched here and there with plywood. A tarpaulin covered part of the roof. The home sat in a rundown park filled with other mobile homes in similar condition. The reason for my visit was in plain view: a new crew cab pickup that probably cost upwards of $50,000.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Trump Budget In One Word: Cruel

A cursory examination of the Trump administration's proposed 2019 budget simply bears out what most Americans have already learned -- this administration absolutely hates science, the poor, the elderly, and the sick. There is no other coherent explanation for the cruelty it contains.