History repeats itself in the coal mines
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I really feel for the workers who are at risk of losing their health coverage. The saddest part though is that 29 years ago workers at mines that were purchased by Massey Energy went through the very same thing. Only worse! If it hadn't been for Sen. Rockefeller and Sen. Byrd, they would have lost their health insurance. I remember standing in the Local Halls at that time telling the workers at Peabody Coal that if a different direction wasn't taken that they would face the same thing. Now here it is 29 years later and here they are facing the very same thing. One would think that union negotiators would have negotiated in a manner that would have protected these workers to make sure that they wouldn't face those circumstances. I guess with all that production everyone was busy counting their money
Danny R. Wells
Facts elude pro-gun writer
Doug Yanak's letter, "With guns we are citizens, etc.," was filled with misinformation! Imagine banning deer rifles because they resemble military weapons? In whose mind does this absurdity reside except his own? And since his main objection to gun control is it curtails our rights of self-defense against an oppressive government, will gun nuts insist that increased defense mandates increased weaponry like bazookas, grenades, etc.?
He has no sense of historic fact: Japan afraid to invade America because of the number of civilians in possession of firearms?? How silly can that be? Where was that ever documented?
The real danger in Yanak's position is about gun control. In states where gun crimes are highest, it has been found that the guns are not home-grown but carried in from states with little or no gun control. In fact, drug dealers are known to supplement their profits by selling drugs in such states and then buying, background check-free, guns to take back to their home states for resale. For this very reason, Charleston passed a one-gun-per-month pistol purchase limit. But Yanak sees this prudent regulation as an assault upon law-abiding gun owners. How, I cannot imagine.
Yanak's unfounded tirade is insulting to any intelligent gun owner who buys a gun for its intended purpose, and recognizes fanatical rhetoric for what it is. This country and our freedoms are already lost if we honestly believe we need a gun to ensure them.
Can we turn horror into something good?
Christians across the globe called the anniversary of the death of Jesus "Good Friday." It is paradoxical to call a day on which Jesus suffered a terrible death "good."