Beckley Register Herald - January 12, 2010

CHARLESTON — A southern West Virginia lawmaker feels the ultimate goal of the Environmental Protection Agency is to wipe out the entire coal industry by initially outlawing the mountaintop removal practice via uncompromising regulation.

“It’s an attack on the whole industry,” Delegate Steve Kominar, D-Mingo, said in Monday’s interims session.

His criticism of the federal agency came after lawmakers heard updates on improving brownfields in a meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic Development.

It is unconscionable to me that West Virginians anywhere could be so unwilling to accept the fact that coal built this state, and will continue to build it’s future, that they would stoop to protesting the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary’s Coal in the Classroom program. My bet is, as with most environmental socialists, that they are not West Virginians at all, but transplants from another state. And to have the unmitigated gall to complain about “indoctrination” of our children, when these environmental socialists have been “indoctrinating” our children to their misguided and evil plans for the future of our nation for the last three decades at least, they are showing just how small-minded and vile they really are.

Mr. Webb should shut his mouth while his brain is disengaged for a change, and learn to accept the fact this nation simply cannot afford to pay for the socialist agenda, be it in the environmental arena or the political arena. Kudos to the Raleigh County Board of Education for their fair and balanced mindset for allowing our children to begin to see the real picture, and I hope they have the fortitude, which I doubt, to stand up to these repugnant environmental socialists and continue to allow our children to see the real world, and learn where our power really comes from.

Larry Hanna Jr.

Our Readers Speak — Dec. 31, 2009
Beckley Register-Herald

The link is to a video of Mr. John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, who presents a compelling argument for his love of the planet and the facts that demonstrate carbon dioxide is not causing "Global Warming."

During this holiest of seasons, the Friends of Coal would like to wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a joyous, safe and secure New Year!
We want to take the time to thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed on our nation and our people. He has given us so many gifts and poured his bounty upon us all.
We want to thank our military men and women for the sacrifice they give willingly to afford us the freedoms we enjoy. We ask that a loving God bring them home when their work is done.
We want to thank you for all the support you have given us this past year. It has been a trying year – but we have faced it together and we will make it through, more united and more determined than ever.
We want to take a moment to remember those who have passed from our rolls this year and be thankful for the proud legacy they provided for our future. 
We want to always remember those in need ... to reach out and extend our bounty to those less fortunate.
Let us join as one to welcome the New Year and with it a new beginning – a rebirth of freedom and a renewal of hope.

The Register-Herald

By The Associated Press

Lumps of coal in a Christmas stocking would normally make a child cry.

But an eight-year-old Louisiana girl has had visions of coal dancing her in head. She will wake up this morning to find West Virginia coal under her tree — coal she actually requested from Santa Claus.

Moss Bluff, La., resident Randy Perkins said his eight-year-old daughter Devan learned about the benefits of coal — like how it provides heat and electricity for so many people’s homes. Devan fell in love with coal so much that she asked for it for her Christmas present — telling Santa Claus to forget about the toys for which she had asked.