1/04/2006

Coal Mine Tragedy

My mother was born and reared in West Virginia. Her father and all four of her brothers were coal miners. It is a hard life, then and now. I still remember as a kid the look that would come over her face any time there was news of an accident in a mine somewhere.

The Sago Mine disaster has represented the worst of all worlds. The timing, so soon after Christmas (not that there is a good time), the false report that 12 of the 13 had survived, the incredible emotional roller coaster the families have been on...it's just sad. I can only pray that the one man apparently still alive does make it. What a tragedy.

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