Coal Valley News- RSS OPINION Feed http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION Fri, 22 May 2015 07:22:34 EST 1800 West Virginia’s first ‘WorkForce Summit’ http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/153539120/West-Virginias-first-WorkForce-Summit Just last week, I was proud to welcome West Virginians from across the state to the state's first “Workforce Summit” — a comprehensive review of West Virginia's past, present and future workforce development... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:30:33 EST A salute to military families http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/153539696/A-salute-to-military-families Each May, we take time as a country to celebrate our veterans, lifting them up for all the sacrifices they have made for the freedoms we have. And doing so is the good and right thing. We wouldn't be the country we are without them. Tue, 19 May 2015 12:30:32 EST AG warns of phone scam http://coalvalleynews.com/news/editorial/153539092/AG-warns-of-phone-scam Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned consumers of a phone scam circulating in the state in which an automated service claims to be a local credit union and requests personal credit card information to verify the account due to an... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:30:31 EST For such a time as this http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion_columns/153385731/For-such-a-time-as-this The world is lying under the shadow of a great calamity. The stress of this calamity is causing a groaning which is taking its toll on the world. The hope of the human race of appeasing an angry Creator and avoiding the fate of this calamity seems to... Tue, 12 May 2015 10:50:32 EST Older workers get short shrift when resources are tight http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/153385898/Older-workers-get-short-shrift-when-resources-are-tight In organizations that are prospering, there appears to be no difference in the distribution of bonuses, training or new jobs to older or younger workers. Tue, 12 May 2015 11:05:34 EST For such a time as this http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion_columns/153249150/For-such-a-time-as-this As we go further into The Lord's Prayer in this series of sermons we come to the part that says: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6:12). To get a true picture of what Christ is saying here we need to look... Wed, 6 May 2015 10:55:35 EST Continuing to fight for coal http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/153250699/Continuing-to-fight-for-coal I recently did an interview with the national renown, Heartland Institute where I spoke about the human impact of coal. I had the opportunity to tell our story to a national audience of the personal toll that the Environmental Protection... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:00:37 EST The first 100 days in Congress http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/153249476/The-first-100-days-in-Congress Having taken the oath of office just more than 100 days ago, every day I have supported policies in Congress that will help West Virginia. In just four months, we have worked in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a number of bills that will... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:00:36 EST Help us fight EPA’s water power grab http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/153140488/Help-us-fight-EPAs-water-power-grab Everywhere I travel across the State of West Virginia, I hear deep concerns from farmers and many other people about the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Waters of the United States rule. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:35:36 EST Hard work, respect for environment co-exist http://coalvalleynews.com/news/editorial/153096902/Hard-work-respect-for-environment-co-exist Sandra Steingraber spends a great deal of time on YouTube, expressing her concern and outrage about the environment in general and the energy industry in particular. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:30:33 EST For such a time as this http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion_columns/152786239/For-such-a-time-as-this We have been examining The Lord's Prayer in a series of articles and we will now look at Matthew chapter 6 and verse 11. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:50:33 EST Empowering West Virginians http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152985530/Empowering-West-Virginians Across the Mountain State, we have worked hard to increase the availability of programs that provide West Virginians with an equal opportunity to live a great life right here at home, no matter what their circumstances may be. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:05:35 EST At the Capitol http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/153018562/At-the-Capitol April legislative interim committee meetings were highlighted by the launch of a new select committee on tax reform. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:05:33 EST W.Va. will fight for coal in court http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152841873/W.Va.-will-fight-for-coal-in-court West Virginia has long been a “coal state.” Since coal was discovered in 1742 in what is now Boone County, the state has depended on coal as a fuel source, a major taxpayer and, most importantly, one of the largest jobs... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:40:32 EST Working toward a bright future http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152841782/Working-toward-a-bright-future Today's global economy is dependent on an educated, skilled and versatile workforce. In West Virginia, we are developing a national reputation for our skilled training programs and workers who are committed to getting the job done - and doing it... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:40:31 EST Five elements of a safe water system http://coalvalleynews.com/news/editorial/152709835/Five-elements-of-a-safe-water-system The chemical spill alone didn't cause the water crisis; safe water systems can cope with chemical spills. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:35:32 EST For such a time as this http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion_columns/152528303/For-such-a-time-as-this Christ was more than a mere man or historical figure. He was (and is) the Divine Son of God. His Heavenly Father honored Him in unique and profound ways, some of which we will endeavor to point out in this short message. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:30:32 EST Lots of hard work http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152733265/Lots-of-hard-work The regular and extended budget sessions have officially come to a close. After all of the hard work, 262 bills were completed this session. I wanted to provide my constituents with a wrap up of our legislative successes, as well as some things I feel... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:55:32 EST Fiscal responsibility key to continuing to improve state http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152710236/Fiscal-responsibility-key-to-continuing-to-improve-state More than sixty days ago, the leadership team of the 82nd Legislature gaveled members of the Senate and the House of Delegates for the 2015 legislative session. Last week, legislators made their final votes and adjourned sine die with the passing of a... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:55:31 EST Legislative roundup http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152535877/Legislative-roundup All of the 262 bills passed by the Legislature are now either signed, vetoed, or in the Governor's hands, including the final one, the budget for 2016. I was disappointed that we had to dip into the Rainy Day fund for the second year in a row... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:36 EST