The West Virginia Optimist

nicknames for Charleston
May 21, 2008, 9:24 pm
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I was talking with a friend of mine about nicknames for Richmond and I got to thinking.

What are nicknames for Charleston. I’ve heard pilots refer to Charleston as Charlie West or Charley West. Heard any others?

Technology Penetration in WV Part 1
May 21, 2008, 9:05 pm
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Let me first say that I was surprised I had readers. A reader made the following comment regarding a post I made about West Virginia’s use of technology in schools.

Thank you, thank you for providing me with some ammunition to debunk yet another article of misconception in the media. You may want to peruse this little ermmmmm “gem” from a blogger on the Huffington Post.
The Media of Choice In Appalachia

The article at HuffPo above is rather quick to make assumptions regarding actual penetration of Internet access and cable television in Appalachia. This is a topic I will be digging into hardcore. I’ve found a few studies done around broadband deployment in West Virginia and neighboring states. Expect my response soon.

Festivall 08 Update
May 8, 2008, 10:44 pm
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In addition to Whad’Ya Know ( of which we have tickets to ), Mountain Stage is bringing a helluva show to Charleston for Festivall.

Jakob Dylan


Andy Davis

Krista Detor

more to be announced

Shaping up to be a good year for Festivall.

talkin’ bout a revolution
May 4, 2008, 10:50 pm
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Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution

I spent the good part of Saturday morning canvassing for Obama in the East End. As the threat of a thunderstorm loomed overhead with high wind and heavy rain, I could not help but draw comparisons to the  upcoming November election. The above song played on loop in my head the entire time up and down Quarrier & Virginia St. It’s a song I’ve often played when I’ve felt downtrodden by the entire political climate in all of my adult years, when I’ve felt left out of the process or that those in power have done little to make good on their claims to actually make things better, or marginalize any group of Americans for the purpose of voter numbers.  I’ve become so sick of negative campaigns, apathetic attitudes about election outcomes and other’s acceptance of the direction we’re heading. For once I feel rejuvenated. That we could get lucky. I can’t even put into words how hopeful I am of what could happen in November. I was speechless when my father, a 61 year old lifelong republican, a postman  / soybean/corn/tobacco farmer in Maryland, abandoned a party he felt had “left him behind in favor of corporate farmer subsidies”, tell me that he’s voting for Obama.

I try not to post negative topics, there are enough outlets for that sort of writing. However, I feel that every West Virginian, hell American, should listen to this broadcast of West Virginia Public Radio wherein folks in Man, WV were interviewed about the upcoming Democratic primary. I could only listen to it once after which I seriously was sick to my stomach.  I have no idea how to address these ideas and I seriously hope these folks come around. However, I beg of WVPB talk to folks in more urbanized areas of this state to at least show that not everyone in WV feels this way about women or black people.