Coal Valley News- RSS OPINION Feed http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:27:15 EST 1800 For such a time as this http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion_columns/152403891/For-such-a-time-as-this Continuing on with the subject of The Lord's Prayer from last week we come to verse ten of Matthew chapter six which states: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” In order to fully understand just what... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:40:33 EST Recap of the Legislative session http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152481642/Recap-of-the-Legislative-session Looking back on the first session of the 82nd legislature I can attest to much success and the start of moving West Virginia in the right direction in regards to turning around our economy and bettering the lives of West Virginians. This article will... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:50:32 EST 82nd Legislature has come to a close http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152406615/82nd-Legislature-has-come-to-a-close The 60 days of the 1st Session of the 82nd Legislature has come to a close, and while it will take a few days to process all of the accomplishments, let me this week cover a few of the highlights from this final week. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:45:33 EST West Virginia coal miners don’t need fake friends http://coalvalleynews.com/news/editorial/152278450/West-Virginia-coal-miners-dont-need-fake-friends First, let me say clearly, I am a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America. I have worked for 35 years in the coal mines of southern West Virginia and for much of that time I have served in various leadership roles in my local... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:05:31 EST Legislative session ends http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152478810/Legislative-session-ends The legislative session has come to an end. The past sixty days have flown by and once again we have finished our time here at the Capitol. We meet this week to vote on a budget but afterwards we will be finished. It has been a pleasure representing... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:30:33 EST Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015 http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151873048/Coal-Jobs-and-Safety-Act-of-2015 Let me first start this week by apologizing for not getting an update to the newspaper last week. Although many are keeping up on Facebook with what is going on daily, I was unable to take a break from committee meetings and reading and discussing... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:30:33 EST LETTERS TO THE EDITOR http://coalvalleynews.com/news/letters/152115627/LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR Dear Editor,The underrepresented students of Boone County deserve the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Health Sciences and Technology Academy is a program to help students do just that. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:10:32 EST Legislative session near end http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152115216/Legislative-session-near-end Once again, another legislative session is coming to a close. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:05:33 EST Improving mental health care for West Virginia veterans http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151675090/Improving-mental-health-care-for-West-Virginia-veterans As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and as a proud defender of West Virginia's nearly 168,000 brave veterans, I am so pleased that this week Congress passed critical veteran health care legislation – The Clay Hunt Suicide... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:40:35 EST Tackling drug abuse in our communities http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151525739/Tackling-drug-abuse-in-our-communities Substance abuse is a heartbreaking problem facing families across West Virginia each and every day. With the help of the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, we've taken bold action to stop the production of meth and increase... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:35:35 EST Restoring elk population in southern West Virginia http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151618400/Restoring-elk-population-in-southern-West-Virginia The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy with the session working it's way towards the end. I wanted to take a second to highlight some of the legislation that has worked it's way through the House. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:30:34 EST Bills are moving at the Capitol http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151613496/Bills-are-moving-at-the-Capitol This week we passed the 1/3rd mark of the 60 day Session. Some of the work that we are having to do now is reviewing the Committee Rules for the Legislation that was passed last year. It requires quite a bit of reading and comparisons of old rules... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:30:36 EST