License Plate Unveiled

Friends of Coal and Coal Mining Our Future unveiled a new Kentucky license plate late Tuesday afternoon in Hazard.

Several leaders from around the mountains came together to recognize the work of coal miners and the industry's value to our economy.

“I think it says, when somebody sees that car out there, that you're very proud of your heritage, you're proud of what we do, you're proud of a day's work, and you're proud of the fact that this district supplies the power for energy grids that protects people's homes, lights schools up,” Senator Brandon Smith said.

The Friends of Coal license plates can be picked up at your local county clerk's office.

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  • by Natasha Location: Ky on Sep 18, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    Being an advocate of M.T.R doesnt have as much to do with removing mountains, as it does with makin a living for your family (my dad has worked on surface jobs my entire life!) && paying taxes soo all of these ppl that wont work can have food stamps!! Of course the mountains are pretty.. but id much rather have a roof over my head,&shoes on my feet than to have to live under a cliff. Y don't you turn your lights off & ur PC, turn off your A/C & your Heat,& see how much you appreciate coal then. You'd be beggin' for it! All ya'll talk crap about it because "It destroys our mountains!!" Boo friggin Hoo!!! if you want mountains go to the Rockies. Leave the working men and women alone!! They kill themselves to make a living,they dont need someone griping because they cut down a tree or took out a mountain! Everyone isn't born with a silver spoon. Some people have to work. And a liscense plate is a nice way to show appreciation! Save a Coal Miner Shoot a Tree Hugger & non-supporters of coal
  • by Foe of M.T.R. Location: Harlan County on May 13, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    If you are an advocate of mountain top removal and the distruction of our beautiful mountains, by all means buy a "friends of coal" license plate. If you support long term coal mining jobs, jobs that employ hundreds more than strip mining (underground mining)then don't support M.T.R. by your purchase of a friends of coal plate. Common sense will tell you if coal is removed in just days or weeks by removing the mountain, soon there will be no mountains or coal jobs at all. The only group to profit from M.T.R. are the coal barrons that live far from eastern kentucky. We say we want tourism for our region and this is usually promoted by beautiful scenes of our mountains and streams that are located or "were once located" in our area. "Wake up folks" it's all very quickly coming to an ugly end through M.T.R. I've heard the comment the only flat land we have is what M.T.R. has provided for us. If flat land is what you want than go to flat land country. Leave our mountains and jobs alone.
  • by William Location: seky on Apr 12, 2009 at 12:08 PM Yes it is so sweet a coal mining tag flattery,;) what a way to rob a region and distroy a land and distroy a culture and heritage...wander where the coalminer resavations will be? the american indians most end up in arizona and in the west wander where they appalachian resavations will be? I want a nice resevation will pictures of rivers and mountains on large billboards, so we can remember the mountains that will be the future of Americas energy source...maybe Barack Obama is talking about putting Us on the moon? Ohh my all us hill folk living on the moon ??? whats up the Government this time how many shuttle launches will it take to get Clay county on the moon first? does them shuttels have steem engines? OMGoose a coal burning space ship full of povelites, Hi my name is Elbert Ujean Leroy Vernon Dale Baker, Im a appalachian space man my people sent me to the moon to live we eat dry froot looks and peanut butter sandwich peace space man.
  • by William Location: seky on Apr 11, 2009 at 12:43 AM
    Coal dont keep our lights on for the past 100 years train loads of coal leaves Kentucky to keep the lights on in other parts of the United states while you sit at the rail road crossings with your foodstamp in your pocket waiting for a 200 car long train to pass so loaded with coal it was going 10 mph, make a foodstamp tag says foodstamps keeps your belly filled, and that tag is ugly could have did a better Job on it like a miners hat and a mountain that is a ugly tag but I do like it...ugly things when they serve a good pourpose can be beautiful..U got to keep looking until you see the beauty, but I would have did a better tag then just black with a little circle thats ugly plain should have been state of Ky shaped like a lump of coal...with dark night sky with stars around the outer edges with a miners cap in the center now that would been pretty just black is ugly but its good :) I would have done better how much money they pay for desighn? they steel my desighn and i be poor still.
  • by IP Location: Floyd Co on Apr 10, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    For those of you that want to put down the coal industry I say ...WHATEVER!! These workers risks their lives to make it better for us. My dad has worked in the coal industry for over 20 years and he is proud of it. The ones of you that have been leaving all the negative comments are probably living off mine and his tax dollars. Shut up, get a job and get a life. If you hate the coal industry so much move somewhere else and leave the ones who LOVE Eastern Kentucky and are "FRIENDS OF COAL" alone. What a bunch of babies.
  • by Shane Gannon Location: PIKE on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    well i think coal is great for us so everyone keep up the mining im the next generation of a miner...
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Just wait until the Solar Panel and Windmill miners see this. After all they contribute between zero and almost zero of the power generated in the USA. I'm going to get in my solar car now and drive to Lexington for dinner...dinner tomorrow since I get about a mile per kilo-weenie.
  • by jimbo Location: bell co. on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    I'm a disabled coal miner worked nearly 22 yrs. under ground and i'll be proud to put one on my ole truck.....
  • by DON Location: PIKE COUNTY on Apr 9, 2009 at 09:36 AM
  • by KYMom Location: Salyersville on Apr 9, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    I agree Me at the StripJob... Coal makes up 52% of the energy consumed... If they don't like it, like you said turn off their lights! Also, Terri, Howard, MG amd Johnny, there is already a Cancer plate that was issued I belive about 3 years ago... money from that is supposed to go to the Cancer society, as hard as Miners, my husband included work, can't they have a plate to benefit them too, I mean do you all know what friends of coal are? They help donate money to miners who have been hurt on the job or for their treatments later on I belive... If one group has an opportunity all groups should have the same too.


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