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Coal Mining

On a slightly less gloomy note than Iain and Derb’s posts, check out Homer Hickam’s remarks at the memorial service for the last big West Virginia coal-mine disaster in Sago, which killed twelve miners in 2006. I especially liked this line:

The people endure here as they always have for they understand that God has determined that there is no joy greater than hard work, and that there is no water holier than the sweat off a man’s brow.

Contrast that with this: “I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.” Or this: “I don’t want my kid digging ditches. I don’t want my kid slinging tar.”

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