Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tobacco Problem Worse Than Opioids


We see it in the local news on a regular basis -- an endless stream of police blotters and stories chronicling drug-related arrests and deaths. We see it in the obituaries -- people dying well before reaching senior citizen status, leaving behind shattered families and heartbroken friends.

Opioid  abuse has consumed southern West Virginia. The devastation has been well documented through the years as this scourge seems to successfully resist all attempts to bring things under control.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trump Didn't and Can't Save Coal


There's been much chortling lately about the Trump administration's rollback of certain regulations pertaining to the coal industry, and fervent hopes that these actions will generate a comeback in Appalachian coal mining.

To be honest, I've seen more loaded coal cars rolling through the Bluefield, West Virginia rail yard in the past few months than I saw through all of 2016. However, I believe it's a bit early to give the administration credit for this.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Local Paper Forced To Endorse Clinton


The Bluefield Daily Telegraph got a lot of attention when it ran an editorial on October 8, 2016 endorsing Hillary Clinton for the presidency. Depending on the reader's political persuasion, the editorial board was either A) completely off its rocker, or B) incredibly brave.

I have discovered there was also an option C -- Namely, that the paper's endorsement was apparently written and passed down the pipeline by its owners, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.