Sunday, July 24, 2016

Freedom of Speech Has Limits


West Virginia has once again found itself the recipient of negative press - and can thank one of its own politicians for the embarrassment.

Among his peers in Charleston, House of Delegates member Michael Folk (R-Berkeley) is known as a notorious hothead. He’s looked upon with such disdain that even members of his own party can’t stand him.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

BLM Boogeyman Comes, Goes, Leaves Bluefield Intact

The Blackout The Field march of July 15 in Bluefield has come and gone. Our fair city is still standing, despite alarmed cries from some of the citizenry.

When word began to spread through town of a planned protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the rumor mill kicked into high gear. Via social media and old-fashioned over-the-fence gossip, scary stories ignited like a wildfire:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Remembering TV's First Superman, George Reeves


For many people my age or a bit older, George Reeves was our introduction to Superman on the screen. Reeves was an established journeyman actor with starring roles in various low budget films and a few supporting roles in major productions such as Gone With The Wind and From Here to Eternity. 

When casting began for The Adventures of Superman television show in 1951, Reeves was offered the title role because of his rugged good looks and muscular build. He was also known for a retentive memory that allowed him to memorize scripts easily amid rushed film production schedules typical of the "B" movies he made his living in.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Floods Highlight Budget Problems to Come


In retrospect, it's a good thing West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin didn't acquiesce to Republican requests to raid the state's rainy day fund. Conservative lawmakers had wanted to dip into the fund (to the tune of nearly $200 million) in order to balance the state budget.

The rainy day fund is there for disasters such as the recent punishing floods that have devastated much of our state, not to bail out conservative lawmakers who were unable to even come up with a budget plan without first wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars in a special legislative session that should never have been necessary.