Coal Valley News- RSS OPINION Feed http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:50:35 EST 1800 At the Capitol last week http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151427967/At-the-Capitol-last-week Work on legislation to repeal the 2009 Alternative Energy Portfolio Act dominated the first full week of the 2015 regular session of the Legislature, with the Senate and House of Delegates each passing versions of the repeal bill. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:45:31 EST Legislature is now underway http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151488984/Legislature-is-now-underway The first session of the 82nd Legislature is now underway and I am both humbled and honored to be representing the 7th senatorial district once again. This year marks a change in the legislature as the majorities have shifted in the Senate and the... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:40:32 EST Time to begin the hard work http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151441020/Time-to-begin-the-hard-work Greetings! I am quite pleased and honored to once again represent the wonderful citizens of the 22nd District. The Legislative Session has just recently begun and I am once again hard at work doing my best to represent your interests to the state of... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:40:31 EST West Virginia’s economic growth outlook not good http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151093841/West-Virginias-economic-growth-outlook-not-good CHARLESTON - West Virginians aren't getting any younger. Neither is the state's overall population. That's not good news for a state that lags in economic growth. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:07:01 EST Safer mining http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151093683/Safer-mining Since 29 miners died April 5, 2010, in the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, federal safety officials say the coal industry is on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:09:05 EST EPA picks a fight http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151030262/EPA-picks-a-fight As expected, new federal rules to clamp down on power plant emissions have received plenty of public feedback — more than 1.6 million comments — along with a warning for the Environmental Protection Agency from 17 state attorneys... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:59:05 EST Yes, Virginia, There Is A Christ In Christmas http://coalvalleynews.com/news/editorial/150901092/Yes-Virginia-There-Is-A-Christ-In-Christmas Christmas isn't about mistletoe, roasting chestnuts, or some fat guy sliding down the chimney. It's more like “Peace on earth; goodwill toward man.” It's the birth of Christ. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:27:06 EST ‘Merry Chirstmas’ in West Virginia http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/150919264/Merry-Chirstmas-in-West-Virginia Repealing West Virginia's cap and trade law is the highest priority in our legislature right now. Expect freeing up 25 percent of instate coal markets to happen very early in the session! I should be a key sponsor on this bill as I have been for... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:26:04 EST Letters to the editor http://coalvalleynews.com/news/letters/150766885/Letters-to-the-editor Addiction touches countless livesDear Editor:Today is a very difficult day for me and my family. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:40:03 EST