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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Local Paper Blindly Supports Tax Bill

The local paper isn't exactly known for high quality standards when it comes to in-house editorials. However, their recent editorial touting the Republican tax plan shows an amazing lack of actual research into the subject, and appears to have been written on someone's coffee break.

Taking a jab at Democrats for failing to support the bill is apparently much easier than actually spending some time investigating what they wrote about.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Trump's Bogus Brand Of Loyalty

For a man who reportedly demands unfettered loyalty from associates and underlings, Donald Trump does nothing to inspire such loyalty. Indeed, his words and actions in public and private life portray a man who believes loyalty is something to be exacted instead of earned honestly.