After the first presidential debate, the media unanimously gave the win to Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Let's look at the demeanor of each candidate, and flip the racial script of their individual performances.
Romney displayed an overaggressive, arrogant, loud, obsessive and pushy demeanor throughout the entire debate. Even to the point of being downright rude, forcing the host audience to listen to "vacant" and "meaningless" rhetoric, instead of making a point. Many viewers considered this to mean he won.
But what if Romney were black? The same audience would have considered him abrasive, disrespectful, overly argumentative and threatening.
Obama, on the other hand was viewed completely out of context. Because he did not sink down to Romney's level, pros who read his demeanor and actions, did so, by judging him in the same racial field as they did his opponent.
In truth, Obama called Romney "stupid" in so many words, over and over again. Was he bobbing his head in agreement? Or was he humming, "Yadda, yadda, yadda" or "same old useless crap" in his head?
If Obama had been white against a black Romney, he would have been described a great orator and statesman, a true presidential candidate.
Seriously, if Romney's performance during the debate changed one undecided voter to finally choose him as their candidate, America's education system is sinking in the same cold and dark waters as did the Titanic.
Subsidy for Century covers labor costs
I see no reason why either the people of West Virginia or AEP should subsidize Century Aluminum's electricity rates.
The state has already granted some $40 million annually in tax credits and rebates to the company as inducements to reopen the plant in Ravenswood. The published number of permanent jobs that would be restored varies, but 640 seems to be at the high end of the estimates.
Do the math. Forty million dollars to bring back 640 jobs averages out to $62,500 annual wages per job - probably more than the average state worker makes, and perhaps more than the average Century worker would make. A bit much, I think.
So the state has already agreed effectively to pick up the labor costs for Century Aluminum's plant, and now the company wants West Virginia citizens to pay a major part of their electricity costs as well. What will Century bring to the party?
I feel sorry for the city of Ravenswood and its citizens, but putting the whole community on the state welfare rolls is not the answer.
Jean B. Cropley