Coal Valley News- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:59:42 EST 1800 Visit state parks, forests every chance you get Spring brings warmer temperatures, fragrant blossoms, the melody of chirping birds and new opportunities for adventure. It is also the time when many of us begin planning our spring and summer getaways-a memorable family vacation, a relaxing getaway... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Standing Up for Coal Miners My Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the House of Representatives, on which I serve as the top Democrat, recently voted to advance legislation that puts an end to the EPA's practice of retroactively revoking coal permits, like it... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web Although I called the recent Kermit meet-the-candidate forum a “hot time in the old town,” it might have been more interesting if Sister Brendan Conlon had known a bit more about politics. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST For such a time as this In many cases when we suffer we do not know the reason why. Sometimes God reveals the purpose of our suffering at a later time and sometimes He never lets us know why we had to suffer. But by reading the Scriptures, we can glean some general reasons... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web It's always good to know when a public official has been cleared of any possible criminal wrong-doing. Somehow, that reminds me of the Southern West Virginia politician who ran for re-election to the legislature. In his advertising, he noted... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST EDITORIAL: War on miners (MCT) The federal government in the form of the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to cut funding for coal miners suffering from black lung disease by 35 percent. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web Let's talk about abortion. Apparently, that's the only thing state Republicans have on their agenda in 2014. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST June I. Eddy December 11, 1919 ~ March 30, 2014 Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Gregory’s Web If the choice is God or bikini-clad females, I'll take the skimpy bathing suits every time. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST GREGORY’S WEB Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Matt and Chester were outside doing target practice while Miss Kitty prepared beans and stewed greens on the wood-fired stove. Doc Adams was taking a day off from medical practice to catch some fish in a nearby pond while... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Legislative wrap up After an eventful 60 days of bill introductions and committee meeting debates, the second session of the 81st Legislature has come to an end. I would like to thank the citizens of West Virginia, especially those from the 7th Senate District, for... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST GREGORY’S WEB For entertainment value, it would be difficult to beat the Mingo County Democrat Executive Committee meeting held last Friday at the courthouse in Williamson. There's no film showing at the cinema with a better story line or more... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST GREGORY’S WEB Legislature? What legislature? Oh, THAT legislature. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Crossover day at the 81st Legislature February 26 was crossover day at the 81st Legislature, meaning the Senate has been having extensive committee discussions and having multiple floor sessions per day. Now that crossover day has passed, the Senate will consider House bills exclusively... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Legislative session almost over With only one week left in the regular session, the House is hard at working ensuring we pass quality legislation for the people of West Virginia. It has been almost two months since the chemical leak in the Elk River that caused the water crisis for... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST GREGORY’S WEB Whew!That giant sucking sound coming from the state capitol last week was supposedly pro-life Southern West Virginia Democrats who were finally able to breathe. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor:I just read your Coal Valley News article online about Christopher Nelson's death and the bullying.I am a 2001 Sherman High graduate and I experienced the same thing while there. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST A PROMISE that is paying off Like so many West Virginians, Crystin Povenski and her siblings were raised by parents who instilled in them the importance of hard work and the value of learning. She worked hard and, as a result of her good grades in high school and commitment to... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST A license to carry a concealed weapon in public is no private matter State lawmakers will vote on a measure — House Bill 4310 — that would keep secret from disclosure any application for or renewal of a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST GREGORY’S WEB It isn't all that unusual to see a government employee, supposedly working for the taxpayers, carrying on partisan political activities. Although such would technically be illegal, it is safe to say it happens every day. This is particularly... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST