Patriot’s decision to quit MTR mines another example of woes coal faces

On November 15, Patriot Coal CEO Ben Hatfield stood up in federal court and announced what once might have seemed unthinkable: A major Appalachian coal producer is phasing out its use of mountaintop removal and all other forms of strip mining. Hatfield told U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers that mountaintop removal mining impacts coalfield communities “in signifi- cant ways,” […]

Political Cartoon

Bringing an end to ‘decline’ will also help end nastiness

What is the point of Barack Obama’s second term? A president who has been pondering that question for a while might find the best answers by consulting what just went on in the campaign. He should not be afraid to consider the hopes and expectations of the people who voted for him since he offered his supporters both explicit and […]

Coverage a gift to ourselves

One of the more curious “gifts” in Mitt Romney’s list of ways Barack Obama allegedly bought off voters was letting young people up to the age of 26 stay on their parents’ health plan. It was a gift, all right, a gift to America. How so? Consider this finding in a RAND study on whether employer-based health insurance is a […]

Road trip idea will make good memories

Dear Tom and Ray: My dad has a 1962 Studebaker Hawk that he bought three years ago, when he was in chemotherapy. He got it out of a barn in Wisconsin, where it had sat for more than 30 years. It has 80,000 miles on it, and it’s in pretty good shape. The paint is worn out, and it needs […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Nov. 16, 1962 Whitesburg’s urban renewal project in the west end of town has received federal approval and $38,949 in federal funds to be used for surveying and planning. The federal aid project, coupled with a recently approved municipal housing project, will bring an estimated million dollars in federal funds to the town within the next two years. . Letcher […]

Help being offered for life-limiting illnessess

To the Editor: No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a […]

I do not believe in UFOs

During my 27-year Air Force career, I have flown over both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans many times in many types of aircraft. I have seen objects that I cannot explain in the early morning sunrises, and when the sun sets at night. I’m smart enough to know that your eyes can play tricks on you. In my printing career […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ve let yourself be distracted from what’s really important. But love finally gets your attention this week. However, it comes with a challenge that could create a problem. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Be careful not to bully others into following your lead. Best advice: Persuade, don’t push, and you’ll get the cooperation […]


RECAPS – 11/19-23 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL . Bill revealed a different side of himself to an unsuspecting Brooke. Stephanie presented Liam with conditions on their relationship in the event that she accepted his offer to move back in with him. Katie threatened to disappear forever if Taylor told anyone of her whereabouts. Eric felt emotionally torn when Thomas […]

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