Coal Valley News- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:40:40 EST 1800 Gregory’s Web It could, after all, have been worse.For example, Federal District Court Judge Thomas Johnston could have ordered disgraced former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury to spend the rest of his life in Hamlin. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Let’s see how many readers agree with me All right, let's see how many readers agree with me. All of you? THAT'S what I thought. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Boone court not doing anything ‘illegal’ when it comes to bonding A recent story about the bonding procedures at the Boone County Courthouse used the words “illegal” in the title of the story.We feel this word is not accurate. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Moving forward with justice reinvestment in West Virginia The communities we live in are more than the places we put down roots, start a new business and watch our children grow up. They are places we call home - and they should be a place we feel comfortable and safe. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web Although the 2014 election cycle is not complete (except, perhaps, in Mingo County, where the nuns have declared there are no Republicans running), plans are already being formed for 2015 and 2016. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A coal miner’s apology to today’s America A little more than a year ago I retired from a 35-plus year career in coal mining. I was forced to retire a little early when a work-related injury resulted in a several fractured and compressed vertebrae in my back. Being a coal miner is not easy... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST EPA’s proposed existing power plant rule blatantly illegal On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed one of the most onerous regulations in American history, which would mandate that states require existing coal-fired power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a staggering 30... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web Thank goodness for Target. And Qdoba, Starbucks and any other business that has the good sense to ask patrons to leave their guns outside. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Exporting liquid natural gas will bolster West Virginia natural gas infrastructure and economic growth Across the country, natural gas development is giving new life to economic recovery and revitalizing entire regions, and West Virginia is no exception. Our state is fortunate enough to be a part of the two of the richest resource basins in the world,... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web First of all, let me reiterate something I have said and written before: I think the vast majority of Mingo Countians are among the finest folks on earth. They are honest, sincere, dedicated and loyal. If you look in a dictionary for the definition of... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Repeat offenders Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says West Virginia is seeing a reduction in repeat offenders, and subsequent cost savings as a result of this welcomed news. And Tomblin says ongoing projects — like a new $1.2 million substance abuse center planned for... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST The Rahall Report I have long labored to increase access to quality health care for citizens throughout southern West Virginia. Part of my work has entailed helping to secure Federal investments in community health centers. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Will Social Security be there when you need it? Social Security has serious problems, but it can still be saved, in its present form, if the correct actions are taken. The government must make provisions for repaying the $2.7 trillion debt that it owes to the trust fund. Since 2010, Social Security... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web Well, “next week” has come and gone. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web Everybody is going to jail.At least, that's the way some media outlets and citizens see it when it comes to Southern West Virginia politics. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Making government more accessible Technology changes the way we do many things, from communicating with each other to paying bills. It also provides opportunity for government - especially state government - to be more efficient and accessible to its citizens. With this in mind, the... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Funding the Road to Success Recently, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives pushed through a bill that would cut and underfund a host of transportation and infrastructure investments that benefit our State – TIGER grants, Essential Air Service, and... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST The Rahall Report The EPA is unleashing a proposal that is widely expected to result in state-based cap-and-trade programs targeting our nation's existing coal-fired power plants. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Letter to the Editor Dear Editor:It has recently been brought to my attention that Boone County House of Delegates Representative Joshua Nelson has come under fire for being in on active duty while he also holds public office. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web My late father used to have a favorite expression. “He (she) would't be happy if they hung him (her) with a new rope,” dad said. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST