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February 23, 2013

UP: To Roane County students who collected more than 16,000 books during a “Book Flood” held Feb. 11-15. The books were donated by county residents and will go to school librarie....

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Feb-24-13 8:19 AM

thumbs down to Denver for always making any comment a partisan political issue.

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Feb-23-13 2:55 PM

Thumbs Up,To Mayor Newell for Proposing raises for city employees! Mayor Newell said those raises have been made possible through hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings due to attrition, the combining of positions and reduction of the city's debt.

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Feb-23-13 11:23 AM

Are there some things here we can agree on?

If Peabody Coal & Arch Coal deliberately walled off their pension obligations in a spun-off company (Patriot Coal), we would then have to ask whether they thought the new company would be able to pay those obligations? Or would a reasonable person have expected Patriot Coal to go bankrupt?

If Peabody & Arch planned to save money at the expense of the miners, THEY should pay the pensions. But if it takes 20 years to complete the legal work, a lot of miners will need money meanwhile. Or if it can be shown that Peabody & Arch launched Patriot for some other reason, & reasonably calculated that the miners would still get their pensions, well, things happen. In either of these cases, is it legitimate for government to provide pensions from some other source? There has to be lots of precedent on that. Let's cite the precedents, not just argue from basic principles.

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Feb-23-13 10:39 AM

And here I thought you republicans were for the coal miners "BOLO52" what happen to President Obama war on coal, causing all them miners to lose their Job? Now you republicans what the retired coal miners to lose their benefits? "If nothing is done, we are looking at a situation where people are going to have to make cruel choices, "Will they eat or get their medicines? Will they pay the mortgage or get the surgery they need? This is literally a matter of life and death for thousands of people in West Virginia and throughout the nation's coalfields. These miners lived up to their end of the bargain and went to work everyday in the mines. They did nothing wrong, but now their health, their income, their security and their very lives are at risk. The bill will go a long way toward righting this terrible wrong."

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Feb-23-13 9:47 AM

Thumbs Up, to Senator Rockefeller, for introducing a bill protecting the pension and lifetime health benefits for thousands of retired coal miners and their families. The Coalfield Accountability and Retired Employee Act would protect the promised benefits that are now in jeopardy.

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