Coal Valley News- RSS OPINION Feed http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:14:31 EST 1800 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 Rep. Jenkins talks about budget http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/152349930/Rep.-Jenkins-talks-about-budget President Obama's budget submission to Congress in February kicked off the debate on Capitol Hill on funding the federal government for the next fiscal year. Rest assured, I will work for the priorities of the Third Congressional District... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:33 EST Boone communities need to get involved with ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ program http://coalvalleynews.com/news/editorial/152606236/Boone-communities-need-to-get-involved-with-Adopt-A-Highway-program The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting registrations for the Saturday, April 25 Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup. Volunteers have until Friday, April 10 to register. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:32 EST 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