Saturday, January 28, 2017

Republicans Clueless How To Replace ACA

For nearly seven years, Republicans in Congress have grumbled and made nasty faces at the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

For nearly seven years, Republicans in Congress have promised to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, if only voters would give them an opportunity.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

State Republicans in La-La Land Over Looming Crisis

Mitch Carmichael being sworn in as West Virginia Senate president

The ruling Republicans in Charleston are steadfast in sticking to their foolish "no new taxes" pledge. Unfortunately, West Virginia is facing such a horrendous budget shortfall that to dismiss a tax increase is not only foolhardy but outright stupid.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Obama's Departure Will Leave Local Writer Speechless

Every small town newspaper has a resident columnist or two. More often than not, these wannabe pundits work for free just so they have a pulpit to preach from.

Many of them have overinflated egos, so their column serves as a vehicle by which they can share their enormous (they think) wisdom with the great unwashed masses.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Legendary Creature Calls Point Pleasant Home

Did you know the small town of Point Pleasant was the focus of a major 2002 movie starring Richard Gere?

In The Mothman Prophecies, a reporter is drawn to Point Pleasant to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions of the future and the appearance of a bizarre, winged entity that appears to be a harbinger of doom.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Oldest General Store In WV Has A Fascinating History

In the rural community of Seneca Rocks, there’s a little general store where a visit feels like stepping back in time. Here you can pick up supplies, souvenirs, and have lunch while looking at one of the best views in West Virginia.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Inbred" Reputation Unfair to West Virginia

Author's note: I must confess to initially believing in the stereotype when the owners of the company I worked for in Chula Vista, Ca, approached me about moving here to assist in the startup and operation of a second manufacturing facility. "West Virginia??? WTF????? A land of bubbas, goobers and knuckle-dragging cousin humpers?????"

Dick Cheney, vice president under George W. Bush, once noted that his maternal grandmother was descended from someone named Cheney, then quipped, "So we had Cheneys on both sides of the family -- and we don't even live in West Virginia."

Monday, January 2, 2017

No Room For Politics In Budget Talks

In December 2016, West Virginia Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss told lawmakers in Charleston to expect a budget shortfall exceeding $400 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1. He added that he doesn't think state government can make up for the shortfall with additional cuts.