Capito's remarks about workers outrageous
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rep. Shelley Capito evidently took a page from the Romney playbook. You may recall Romney's write-off of 47 percent of Americans as "dependent upon government" and "victims." Capito wrote off 40 percent of coal miners and truck drivers as drug addicts.
Capito was among white-collar campaign donors at the University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy when her bias was revealed. Paul Nyden reported her saying: "Today, if you look at miners and truck drivers, four out of 10 of them cannot pass drug tests."
Where is she getting these insane figures? That outrageous claim was directed against men and women with extremely dangerous jobs. Capito's claim that four-in-10 are high on drugs, unable to pass tests and unfit for employment is an insult to every hard-working coal miner or truck driver in the state.
After months of flag-waving claims of a "War on Coal," after months of finger-pointing at the EPA and the Obama administration, after months of pandering from Capito's out-of-state handlers, we now see who the real Shelley Capito is: an enemy of the West Virginia miner.
Jamin S. Jones
Larry Gibson fought MTR and won
The welcome news that Patriot Coal is phasing out mountaintop removal mining is a long-awaited victory -- and much thanks goes to the quarter of a century that the late Larry Gibson, former president of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, tirelessly spent opposing the practice that hurt so many people, polluting their waters, ruining their health and even causing floods that destroyed entire communities.
Supported by every friend of the environment, Gibson fought with great courage against MTR. At his home atop Kayford Mountain, he entertained and educated visitors from all over the world.
I accompanied Larry on many trips, and one especially endearing to me is the highly successful visit to Yale Law and Forestry Schools. Larry did not need a college degree hanging on his wall. His vast knowledge coupled with his intense compassion and dedication to the cause was so impressive that he successfully educated thousands of people about the devastating practice of MTR in a way that pricked their consciences and compelled them to join his crusade.
I know that every friend of the environment will gladly join me to say we honor Larry for his work which made his life a true profile in courage. Larry, you fought a good fight and you have won.
Concerts didn't live up to billing