Sunday, July 26, 2015

Trump: Bastard Child of the GOP

Unless you're a reality television junkie, chances are that, until recently, your knowledge of Donald Trump was mostly a mental image of a billionaire with a bad hairdo. The odds now are that if you don't know who Trump is, you've been living under a rock, or cast away on a deserted island.

"The Donald" is all over the media, both conservative and liberal, and not for good reasons. Buffoonish behavior makes for great headlines and sound bytes. It doesn't make a person qualified to be the President of the United States.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Basic Misunderstanding of Military's "Gun Free Zone" Policy

Ever since the shootings at two Chattanooga, TN military recruiting facilities, many columnists have again clamored to do away with the supposed "gun free zones" at US military installations.

Despite what many conservative columnists have written, including Smokey Shott of our local paper the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, this policy was actually Department of Defense Directive 5210.56, enacted in 1992 under President George H.W. Bush, and not under the Clinton administration. That policy strictly limits the military and civilian personnel who can carry firearms at military facilities to those in law enforcement or security roles. U.S. bases and recruiting centers have been "gun-free zones" ever since.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Real Killer of Appalachian Coal

I continue to be disappointed by our local paper's lack of research and continued reliance on tired Republican talking points when it comes to editorializing about the state of the Appalachian coal industry. They should do their readers a genuine service and dig for hard facts rather than pulling out the same tired anti-Obama, anti-EPA rhetoric they've run numerous times over the past few years with only minor changes in wording. And with the "new" EPA regulations being tossed out by the Supreme Court, who will they blame now?