Pot, meet kettle

Ironically, it’s the self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — a man whose political strategy for the past several years has been to shroud House Democrats’ legislative priorities in the Republican-led Senate — who is calling for the country to “learn how to behave better and be able to disagree without anger.” Elected in 1984, McConnell, who is […]

As the coal industry shrinks, miners deserve ‘just transition’

Much bigger effort needed

Murray Energy, one of the biggest private U.S. coal companies, recently became the fifth coal company to file for bankruptcy in 2019. Union leaders and many elected officials worry that in addition to the 7,000 miners on Murray’s payroll, this step could threaten the solvency of the United Mine Workers of America pension fund, which supports over 100,000 retired miners […]

Retired teachers to meet

Letcher County Retired Teachers will meet Friday, December 6, at noon, at Pine Mountain Grill. All retired teachers who retired from Letcher County or Jenkins, or who currently live in Letcher County, are invited to attend. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the Letcher County Food Pantry. Discussions will include discounts, future legislation, health care and other items of […]

Nativity Play set for Dec. 8

The annual presentation of The Nativity Play will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Pine Mountain Chapel at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for special Christmas music. A reception will be held in Laurel House following each performance. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Carmakers risk backlash

Ask not why the Trump administration must dismantle America’s environmental laws with such gusto. By now, that’s a given. Instead, let’s ask why some automakers, businesses that must plan years in advance, are siding with a president intent on sowing chaos in their own industry. The issue at hand is President Donald Trump’s pointless crusade to strip California of its […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1909 “Is there any danger of Halley’s Comet, which you told of last week, bringing disaster and destruction to the inhabitants of the earth?” Those words are written by the anonymous author of a letter to the editor of The Mountain Eagle. “No such calamity is foreboded by Halley’s or any other comet,” answers Eagle editor Nehemiah […]


RECAPS: NOV. 25 – 29

GENERAL HOSPITAL — Hayden refused to be bullied. Valentin was protective of Charlotte. Laura and Jax got a surprise visit. Lulu caught up with Dustin. Kendra visited Alexis. Valentin discovered some interesting information. Laura just wanted what’s best for her family. Willow was a little introspective. Michael was confrontational. Neil’s theory was incorrect. Peter was unnerved. Julian took drastic measures. […]

Study: Owning a dog can be good for seniors

Did you adopt a dog during Adopt-A-Shelter- Dog Month in October? There’s some good news if you did. The Mayo Clinic has published a report of a large study (Kardiovize Brno 2030) showing why it’s to our benefit to own a pet. When we own a pet, especially a dog, we have healthier hearts and a better diet. We get […]

Moments in time

• On Nov. 28, 1520, after sailing for weeks through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic. • On Nov. 27, 1703, an unusual storm system finally dissipates over England after wreaking havoc […]

Now here’s a tip!

• According to waste management company Republic Services, approximately 30% of what Americans place in their curbside recycling bins does not belong there, including greasy pizza boxes, wet cardboard, plastic bags, food-tainted materials, and even bowling balls and garden hoses. Meanwhile, only one in four plastic bottles is recycled. • Paper lunch bags make excellent receptacle for cat litter waste. […]