Sen. Manchin fights for coal's future
West Virginians know Sen. Joe Manchin as a tireless advocate for coal throughout his time as both a U.S. senator and as the state's governor.
Sen. Manchin truly represents the voice of West Virginians and coal communities in Washington -- voices too often drowned out by administration officials and lawmakers.
The senator recently was awarded the Washington Coal Club's Achievement Award. The award was timely, because Manchin and Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky drafted legislation to counter stringent EPA regulations for new coal-fueled power plants.
Sen. Manchin recognizes the critical role coal plays in powering America's energy needs affordably and reliably. Every day, he strives to work across party lines to ensure coal continues to fuel economic growth and provide energy security.
Congratulations to Sen. Manchin on a worthy and well-deserved achievement. West Virginia is lucky to have an advocate in Washington who fights every day for coal's future.
Mike Duncan, president
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
Woman can't get pain medications she needs
I am writing about a neighbor woman, age 63, who is pretty much homebound due to her health. She has emphysema/COPD and uses oxygen 24-7. Walking through her small house gives her difficulty breathing. She has suffered back pain for many years. As it worsened, her doctor gave her Ultrams 50mg. After a while, they didn't work so well. She agreed to try shots (six at a time) from a pain center. After two sessions, she refused to do more as the pain had not stopped.
She is in constant pain. A back surgeon said surgery isn't an option. She has taken all the tests, seen all the doctors, and still has no relief. Her problem now is that each doctor sends her back to another one and so on and so on. The only option left is a narcotic but none of the doctors will order any for her.
We see news all the time about people being busted selling painkiller pills. It has gotten so bad that the doctors are afraid to give them, resulting in my friend suffering on a daily basis. I fear she will eventually begin to buy them on the street, which just supports the drug problem. If she doesn't get help, I also fear for her life, as she claims she will not live like this. What does this poor lady do now?