It's not going to be helpful to scream about the 1% and robber barons, with
replies about 'libs' and 'government intrusion' but it will
be helpful to ask what is being done to increase safety in occupations like
these (I'm thinking of the Massey coal mine as well) and deal with the
questions of 3rd party oversight in the workplace so that people are not losing
their lives (quickly in accidents or slowly in other hostile conditions) in an
attempt to provide a living for their familes. The '3rd party' would
need to be answerable to the people, so typically it would need to be a
Why aren't there criminal charges here. Nine people were, in fact,
You need to force the CEO to be in the mine as a safety officer. I think
we'd see some different prioritization.It all went downhill
when men started getting others desparate enough to do all the work for them.
Taking no risk to life and limb they claim the biggest share. Old
news buddy," the first shall be last."
I'm reading a very good book right now. Thunder On The Mountain is the
story of the accident (if you can call it an accident) at the Upper Big Branch
mine in West Virginia that killed 29 miners a few years ago.It
chronicles not only that incident, but also the story of how the mining lobby
has kept Congress from adequately regulating mining of all kinds.It
should be a must-read for any American who cares.The author is Peter
A. Galuszka. I found it in the Weber County Library.
I'm glad this was the verdict in this horrible tragedy.