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Editorial: A better idea for Virginia’s controversial coal tax credits | Editorial

The cold-eyed accountants for the General Assembly’s auditing arm made headlines recently when they ran the numbers on the state’s coal tax credit and concluded that it actually costs the state more jobs than it saves.

This is good news for coal-hating Democrats who have tried for years now to get rid of the program and bad news for Republicans who represent the counties that produce coal.

At least that’s the conventional reading of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s report. Today we propose a more unconventional reading under which coal country Republicans should embrace that finding and use it to their region’s advantage.

Before we get to that, let’s review some fascinating big-picture facts that the auditors assembled. First, Virginia coal production peaked in 1990 and has declined ever since. It’s now about one-third of what it was then. That means it hasn’t mattered which party controls either

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Editorial, 9/25: Haverty’s contributions to local business development will be missed | Editorial

In addition, Haverty, according to Wendy Birdsall, president of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, was a champion for workforce development, and his work was instrumental in Lincoln winning $300,000 in grants earlier this year for its New Americans Task Force.

“His leadership at LPED and within many different communities will be recognized for years to come and missed dearly,” Birdsall said.

2 solid candidates in county race

The battle for a seat on the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners in District 2 (northwest Lancaster County) features two candidates with different political philosophies.

However, after speaking with both and vetting them, we’re confident that either could do the job.

Democrat Christa Yoakum, the incumbent, has done nothing to put her job in jeopardy. She has the ability to draw on that experience if reelected. With a mind toward environmental issues and bringing high-speed internet to everyone in Lancaster County, she has

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Edtiorial, 9/25: Haverty’s contributions to local business development will be missed | Editorial

In addition, Haverty, according to Wendy Birdsall, president of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, was a champion for workforce development, and his work was instrumental in Lincoln winning $300,000 in grants earlier this year for its New Americans Task Force.

“His leadership at LPED and within many different communities will be recognized for years to come and missed dearly,” Birdsall said.

2 solid candidates in county race

The battle for a seat on the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners in District 2 (northwest Lancaster County) features two candidates with different political philosophies.

However, after speaking with both and vetting them, we’re confident that either could do the job.

Democrat Christa Yoakum, the incumbent, has done nothing to put her job in jeopardy. She has the ability to draw on that experience if reelected. With a mind toward environmental issues and bringing high-speed internet to everyone in Lancaster County, she has

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Editorial, 9/16: Mayor’s task force idea offer good medicine | Editorial



Mayor press conference

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird speaks with Lincoln-Lancaster County interim health director Pat Lopez during a meeting on Wednesday.




Recovering from an illness comes in two stages.

First, one battles the symptoms to ease the immediate pain. Second, one regains strength to return to normal activity. And, maybe, in that recovery process, one finds himself or herself better prepared for the next illness.

That same process is the underpinning for the document released last week by the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force. Presented by Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and co-chairs Angie Muhleisen, president and CEO of Union Bank & Trust, and Ava Thomas, president and publisher of the Journal Star, the plan focuses on the strengths of our community and the tools we have

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