I don't understand where the love of mankind went - but maybe I do; it's called greed! Love of money and self, not for their coal brothers and sisters.
Younger ones, these are your neighbors, families and friends! Corporations promise miners: "If you work for me every day, I'll promise you health care when you need it." Corporations make billions of dollars, then break and run, weaseling out of promises by shuffling paper to look legal showing bankruptcy, and we know better!
West Virginians aren't dumb. Older generations went through years of bleeding and dying to get where they are now. Corporations have always taken advantage of the people of this state, and don't want to give anything back in return. They grab what resources they can, don't care who dies, or what is going to happen to them, and leave the people high and dry.
Personal beliefs should be personal
This country was founded in part on freedom of religion, meaning there is no national religion, and that all people would be free to believe and worship freely, without persecution from our government.
This concept is one of the most revered principles of our nation. So I often find myself puzzled and frustrated by those who believe that our government should be bound by religious ideologies. Issues such as abortion rights, access to birth control for women and equal rights for LGBT citizens seem only to be at issue because of religious ideologies. While I agree that all people have the right to their personal beliefs, they do not have the right to even try to impose their belief on others. If one believes that abortion is morally wrong, that is fine for that individual, however that individual does not have the right to hold others to their personal standard.
While we are a nation of laws, laws and legislation should never be based on religious principles. If a particular law happens to coincide with one's personal beliefs, it should not mean that the law was based on or decided by religious ideology. All laws should be teased out for fairness and reasonability to all citizens without any religious influence. Our elected representatives assemble to debate and hash out legislation for our country, not to hold a prayer meeting.
I have seen more than one member of Congress state in the press how they felt compelled to vote their conscience. Really? Senators and representatives should never be elected for their beliefs; nor should they be expected to legislate based on them.
Without the influence of religion in our government, I doubt that today we would be having national arguments about abortion or equal rights for all citizens. Furthermore, one's civil rights should never be put on a ballot for others to vote on. That is merely another form of religious zealotry coupled with fear tactics and xenophobia used to push a religious agenda.