Congress

Students should feel safe, protected, and free at school

As a student, it is my belief that students should feel safe, protected, and free at school. However, arming teachers may not make students feel safe, it could in fact do the opposite.

Congress should make good on debts to coal country. Now.

Congress should renew a tax on coal companies that supports medical treatment for miners disabled by black lung and expires at the end of this year. A vicious resurgence of the incurable disease gives lawmakers little choice.

RECLAIM Act will promote jobs, land

The RECLAIM Act of 2017 (House Resolution 1731) actually offers a cause for optimism as it combines concern for the natural environment and opportunities for employment. But there is not much time left for its passage.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers and enjoys bipartisan support. It has made it through the House Natural Resources Committee …

Eastern Kentucky can have a future; Mitch McConnell holds one of the keys.

I operate a small business based in Clay County that reclaims abandoned coal mines.

Members speak out to protect climate, clean energy jobs

In the final week of November, KFTC members Russell Oliver, Stanley Sturgill, Henry Jackson, Teri Blanton, Roger Ohlman, Mary Dan Easley and Mary Love converged in Charleston, West Virginia – alongside hundreds of other concerned people – to testify to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the agency’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

“Now that we have cleaner, safer and cheaper ways to generate energy, the only question should be: how can we create more of those new jobs right here and right now in Appalachia? I know this because not only have I lived it, I’m still trying my best to keep living it,” said Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, a retired coal miner and KFTC member.

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