Last week, I discussed the history of coal in Appalachia — mainly in my hometown of Southwest Virginia — and some of the factors leading to its decline.
A jet slamming into the middle of a frigid waterway may not have been seen as a best-case scenario before Jan. 15, 2009, but the film “Sully” reminds us that you can’t always anticipate everything that comes at you.
Problems persist in Craig. On every block, small black-and-white signs, “Coal: It Keeps Our Lights On,” reflect our threatened economy. Too many houses stand empty, too many small businesses struggle, and too many families worry about making ends meet. But Craig is where I choose to live. After Joel and I retired, we frequently heard, “When will you be leaving?” We won’t. Here are some of the reasons why.
It’s a well-known and acceptable default to place blame on those in public service. Many times the charge is accurate, which is unfortunate because public service should be an honored. Well-meaning letters, editorials and columns have been written over the past few years that have detailed the woes of our city’s lack of economic diversity. We all know the importance of the mines and power plant as economic drivers in our community and they have certainly been taken for granted by many in our community.
Previously I reviewed “The Day the Crayons Quit,” a most imaginative children’s picture book, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. The point of view of this book was unique, indeed, because some unhappy crayons told the story. This week’s column features the sequel to this book — same author and illustrator. Published in 2015, it’s “The Day the Crayons Come Home.” This time, some former crayons want to be rescued.
Charlotte, a dog I had for 14 years, loved chasing balls and bringing them back. She loved doing the same with cows and sheep, llamas and chickens etc. — a major difference being she didn't bring them back in her mouth.
Tina Harlow will present a free parenting workshop, "Bright Minds, Busy Bodies: A Different Lens for Viewing High Energy Children,” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Historic Routt County Courthouse BCC Room.
Fall is my favorite time of the year, and it lasts such a short time. I love the fall colors, decorating the house, walking in the fallen leaves, the just-right temperatures and, perhaps most of all, the pumpkins.
As promised, this week’s column features another of Geraldine Coleman’s recipes for using garden vegetables. The recipe for eggplant is intriguing.
While you’re watching a movie like “Snowden,” there’s no shortage of reminders that people may well be watching right back. Put electrical tape over your webcam, stick your cell phone in the microwave all you want, Big Brother is watching, so you might as well give him a show.
Since I moved to Craig a couple of months ago, I’ve heard several local residents express their concerns about the decline of the coal industry here in Moffat County. Hearing those concerns hits so very close to home for me.
The first thought I had when I learned that the Nucla Station power plant, the New Horizon Mine and one-third of the Craig Station plant will be shutting down was these are critical jobs to this area that will not return.
So, like, what were the chances? Donald Trump and his team — old Rudy at the barking front of the pack — kept insisting, with absolutely no evidence, that Hillary Clinton was facing disqualifying health issues. That she was frail (read: old), lacking in stamina (read: female) and was hiding something (read: Clinton) terrible about her health. Parkinson’s. A stroke. MS. Dysphasia. Aphasia. Southeast Asia.
“Insidious” might be a word used to describe an individual who is treacherous, sly or underhanded (or all three). It is also the title of this week’s FBI thriller. “Insidious” was written by Catherine Coulter, a New York Times bestselling author of a bunch of FBI thrillers, including three novels with J.T. Ellison.
One of the most difficult skills to teach young people is rhetoric, which is effectively using language and style to persuade an audience. Controversial topics can be hazardous to the orderly functioning of a high school classroom especially when we discuss hot-button issues like: presidential candidates, free college, building walls, healthcare, immigration and even how people choose to identify.