SB 357 is a safety rollback for miners
March 12, 2015, was a sad day in the history of this state. Our governor just signed SB 357 into law, and it sets some areas of coal mine safety back 50 years. The laws that this bill did away with were written in the blood of our state's miners. These miners and their families paid the ultimate price to get those laws passed in the first place. This bill should have been vetoed. I can't believe Governor Tomblin would put profits ahead of safety.
Thomas Sowell's recent column, "Danger Signs Are Very Apparent," suggests that the world will soon be involved in yet another "worldwide" conflict. Currently, I am taking a history class entitled "World War II" at Marshall University, and my studies and individual research have led me to come to the same conclusion as Sowell.
Children growing up in poverty typically have greater challenges in school and often fall behind. That should not come as a surprise, but a growing amount of research shows that the impact is felt at a very early age and too many children are way behind before school even begins.
Operation CatSnip helping to reduce feral cat population
Downtown Huntington has considerably more bustle than it did a decade ago, triggered by the opening of Pullman Square and the resulting business development around it.
Wendy McCuskey's op-ed in last Saturday's The Herald-Dispatch illustrated an important problem in West Virginia, but not the one identified in her piece.
In terms of making sure children don't go hungry during the school year, West Virginia has made solid progress in expanding a free breakfast and lunch program in schools across the state.
Given the tide-turning November elections and the exceptional class of incoming legislators, expectations were high for the 81st Legislature. Now that the 2015 session is complete, it is the opinion of many Capitol-watchers that we have witnessed the most productive and efficiently run 60-day legislative session the state has experienced in recent memory.
Democrats have been asking "Where's Hillary?" They've noticed that Clinton has not been spending much time in the early primary states, while clear, early indicators say she is making another run for the presidency.
The current budget year for Huntington city officials has been a struggle, and living within the recently approved spending plan for the next year beginning July 1 isn't likely to be any easier.