Stephen and Virginia Comer hardly see themselves as environmental activists.
Michael J. Bransfield
A strikingly beautiful leg of West Virginia Route 3 passes through one of the richest coal mining areas of the country.
West Virginia's history has long been marked by extractive industries.
Sitting on the shaded front porch of his two-room cabin on a lazy August afternoon, Delphin Brock pointed toward the next mountain ridge where a few weeks earlier heavy equipment was remaking the landscape. Then, he said, noise from the mining activity echoed over the mountains.
The proposed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is "a wonderful opportunity to protect life," said Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston.