August 16, 2010
That's us in the spot light
Back in the proverbial day, it was a big deal--and usually a bad one--for West Virginia to get any attention in the national media. Usually that happened during one of those recurring periods when the nation "rediscovered" Appalachia.
Now it's a common occurrence for us to be in the national spotlight. There may be several reasons for this, including the following:
*The world is, if not flat, at least smaller;
*Political margins are smaller now as well so that even small states can tip the balance;
*West Virginia and other places in Appalachia are, in my grandmother's words, right smack dab in the middle of major issues like climate change and energy; and
*You couldn't make up the **** that happens here.
I'm thinking maybe the last is the biggie.
BY WAY OF EXAMPLE, here's the New York Times on one of many coal controversies going on.
COOL RANT. Here's Ken Ward in Coal Tattoo taking on one of the legion of climate change science deniers.
HERE WE GO AGAIN. Krugman is not amused by the latest attacks on Social Security.
RETHINKING THE ECONOMY. Here are 10 suggestions.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED