It's an issue that means the difference between prosperity and despair for retired coal miners in the Ohio Valley and beyond.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown visited with retired miners and their spouses in Martins Ferry, to talk about legislation regarding their pensions.

When he came in, they stood and applauded, and gave him something that looked like a lantern.

But it was actually a safety device that miners used for years, in fact, until fairly recently.