‘Coal Miners Pay for Fundamental Change’: A poetic lament

‘Coal Miners Pay for Fundamental Change’: A poetic lament

Green meanies kill a way of life and no one seems to care, including politicians. Coal mines and miners left behind. So who’ll be next?

Remote Continuous Miner.
Remote Continuous Miner, HM21 Joy, used for underground coal mining. (Image via Wikipedia, CC 3.0)

Coal Miners Pay for Fundamental Change

Mines are closing almost every month. Sawmills that provide wooden support beams for the tunnels are laying off workers, and diners are putting up signs asking their customers to pray for the miners.

The coal industry, long the heart that pumped the economy here, is in deep trouble…

−from an article in the New York Times 

America has lots of coal, but miners now are idle;
who can blame them if they feel a little suicidal?
A man bred to the mines is not so easily retrained,
and no one seems to care just how he is to be sustained.
Perhaps some of those millions that the PACs are mining can
be redirected to help out a poor coal-mining man . . .


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