Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Does The Local Paper Shelter a Troll?

Bluefield's own right wing troll

It's taken me a few years, but I think I have finally figured out why the Bluefield Daily Telegraph's resident Tuesday opinion "writer" Smokey Shott continues to misrepresent, stretch the truth, repeat discredited stories, and lie shamelessly on occasion.

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.