“My biggest disappointment is a majority in Congress ignored the will of the people,” explained Joe Pizarchik, recently ousted director of the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, to a sympathetic ear at Politico. “They ignored the interests of the people in coal country.” Pizarchik, of course, personally speaks for all of West Virginia.
An analytical newspaper reader can sometimes pick up things in an article that the reporter and editor may not have noticed, and that reader may even believe that the article in question communicates the opposite of what it seemed to.
The Super Bowl this Sunday promises to be one of the most action-packed contests ever, with the New England Patriots vying for their fifth championship in nine appearances and the Atlanta Falcons hoping to win their very first after a sole unsuccessful bid nearly 20 years ago.
No one in his right mind would turn to Hollywood for economic advice – or almost any other kind of advice, outside of acting and filmmaking tips – but there's a three-letter word that directors shout at the end of every scene that guides the thinking of managers at private companies: cut.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This editorial originally appeared in the Nov. 16, 2007, edition of The West Virginia Record. Also, both cases mentioned in the following editorial eventually were settled out-of-court and dismissed.
It's called the narrative. Honest people would call it a lie, but idea-less politicians and demagoguing media call it “the narrative.” It's the story a thoughtless politician tells to make themselves look good and their opponents look bad. It has little or no basis in fact and is often the polar opposite of the actual truth.
Everyone prefers good times to bad times, but there is one downside to the upside: If the good times last long enough, you can forget how bad the bad times were, you can start to take the good times for granted, you can get bored with the good times, and you can even start to remember the bad times fondly and long for their return.
What is it with Democrats and their inability to call things by their right names? Theft isn't theft. It's income redistribution. Riots aren't riots. They're protests. Even when it's a good thing, Democrats feel obliged to call it something else or deny that it is what it is. Like being a millionaire.
The multi-year effort of two Illinois hospital operators to block a rival group from obtaining a permit to build a new facility in their service area finally failed this year when a state appellate panel unanimously ruled against them.
In two weeks, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear arguments on former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's appeal of his misdemeanor conviction for conspiracy to willfully violate mine safety standards.