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It's really simple: basic health and safety in housing should be guaranteed. Wheeling council should quickly move a rental registration/inspection program forward. It is long overdue. Despite landlord posturing and threatening, there is no excuse for substandard housing that can't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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For much of a day, the D or the R didn't make any difference. Americans put on goofy glasses, looked to the Sky, listened to scientists and felt giddily connected. Laughing, awestruck, inspired, uplifted. A reminder--if we choose to see... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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As WV wrestles with its budget crisis, can we learn from other states efforts? Meg Wiehe from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy was with us on The Watchdog Morning Show and says "yes", we can. For one thing,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Social media is a great way to share, vent, and debate. But I have noticed lately it's becoming the venue of bitch by the lightly aggrieved. There are always restaurants with occasional bad food, retail stores with examples of bad... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Let's catch up on some of last week's interviews on the Morning Show In the wake of Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, we talked with former intelligence operative Jack Rice about its impact. The budget discussions continue in... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Members of the press are like lawyers: everyone hates us until they need us. If we ask questions of officials you think are doing a good job, we're called partisan. If we aren't aggressive enough with those you think are... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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We're not living in a Democracy, we're living in an oligarchy. Our elected officials don't listen to us anymore. They listen to contributors and corporate masters. They respond to right wing media love and ignore their constituents or the mainstream... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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City leaders need to address reality as it as and not how they want it to be. Wheeling council’s recent increase in overtime parking fines won't do any harm but won't make much difference in the parking problem. People don't... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
President Trump had already said he wouldn't attend the White House Correspondent Association Dinner this year. Today his staff said none of them will attend either. "The WHCA board regrets this decision very much. We have worked hard to build... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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I was more of an Alpha beer drinker in my high school, college, and early working days. I would occasionally foray downtown but stayed mainly "Out The Pike". Alpha, Macs, Whistlestop. But when Ernie opened his "Cork and Bottle" on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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How long will WV GOP put the politics of personal destruction ahead of the welfare of the state and the benefit of its working men and women? Governor Jim Justice--and Justice alone--has developed a "business plan" that puts the Mountain... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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We now have an outline of the WV GOP leadership budget—and it is as expected. “Cut and cower” until some magic event makes everything right. Public ed, higher ed, DHHR among those to get hit. No pay raises for teachers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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GOP leadership in WV is trying to pull a fast one. They say they want to lower your taxes and give you greater freedom to control your own taxation. But that is just the first shoe, my friend. Republicans have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Many things we never thought were possible in America have now become our reality. A narcissistic, childlike, shallow-thinking bully is our President. A man who has shown support for white nationalism philosophies is his right hand man. The press, intelligence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Perhaps the only thing West Virginians dislike more than higher taxes is the miserable condition of our road system. And that could benefit Governor Jim Justice in his forward-thinking plan to undertake a massive infrastructure project creating 48,000 jobs, completing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Governor Justice is thinking big and looking at more than “balancing the budget”. His greater goal is to see the state survive, thrive, and grow. And he knows that can’t be done by slicing and dicing the very programs and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Keeping and attracting young people to WV is a major priority in the Mountain State. Having an educated, trained, professional workforce is critical to bringing the kind of 21st Century investment into the state that is necessary for it to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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"Wait and see", many said to me about Donald Trump. "Give him time. He isn't even in office yet", they said. Well. He took the oath. Gave a dark and divisive speech and got to work. Day one. Overturned an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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The Saturday's Women's March On Washington was huge and peaceful. Hundreds of thousands of American citizens committed in their antipathy to the impending tyranny of Donald Trump. The President's press secretary went in full rant to excoriate the press for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Although I wasn't there, thanks to the internet I watched both Jim Justice midnight oath at the Greenbrier chapel and his official swearing in on the state Capitol steps. The excitement and enthusiasm seems to flow from the crowd and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Government should use business principles but it is not a business. The goal of private enterprise is to make money. The goal of government is to serve its citizens. As WV lawmakers and soon-to-be Governor Justice prepare to deal with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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A steep learning curve, deepening budget crisis, and increased partisan divide will set the stage for West Virginia's government this year. As the Mountain State legislature becomes deeper red, the executive branch is going through major personnel upheaval. In addition... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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2016 was a fascinating year. And 2017 presents its own special challenges. A movement to youth and change in Wheeling as a new, social-media-savvy crop of council candidates swept into City Hall this Spring along with an Ohio County school... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Sometimes it's OK to blow your own horn 🎺. Today is one of those days. Live. Local. Experienced. These are key words to describe The Watchdog Radio Network, of which I'm so proud to be a team member. And we're... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Does the Grim Reaper have some kind of quota system? Or does he get a bonus for end of the year soul harvests? This final week of 2016 brought the local passing of Wheeling Park High football coach and AD... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show