[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 47 (Wednesday, April 10, 2013)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E413]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                   LOGAN BANNER 125 YEAR ANNIVERSARY


                         HON. NICK J. RAHALL II

                            of west virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, April 10, 2013

  Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the work of a local 
newspaper in the heart of the coalfields of southern West Virginia. 
This year, the Logan Banner celebrates 125 years of excellence in 
journalism and service to the greater Logan County area and beyond.
  For a century and a quarter, the Logan Banner has made banner 
headlines out of local and regional news stories that inform its 
readers on matters most important to them, what is happening in their 
own backyards.
  In a world awash in news and information services, there is still no 
substitute for homegrown news coverage on the important events and 
happenings that only a local community paper can provide. From the city 
crime report to the latest little league scores, the Banner is the face 
of the community.
  Through thick and thin, the Banner has operated as a reliable news 
source for Southern West Virginia's coal counties, and today, through 
subscription and on-line edition, the newspaper knows no geographic 
bounds around the globe.
  Our Founders were quick to add in the first amendment to our 
Constitution, declaring Congress shall make no law to abridge the 
freedom of the press. Our Republic has been buoyed over the centuries 
by dedicated journalists doing a yeoman's task of reporting the news of 
the day regardless of whose ox is being gored. As a recent Banner 
editorial proclaimed, within its pages, the reader gets the good, the 
bad, and the ugly of insightful news impacting their lives.
  Every member of the Logan Banner's team can take due pride in knowing 
that with every edition of the Banner they publish, they strengthen the 
bulwark of our Republic, a more informed citizen. Mr. Speaker, fellow 
colleagues, in recognition of its lasting contribution to our Nation, 
please join me in wishing Godspeed to the Logan Banner in its next 125 
years of publishing.