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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Why do I get the feeling that Karen Saul’s (“Outlook for coal depends on election,” June 28 letter) outlook on the decline of coal industry jobs in the western panhandle of Virginia is more about the loss of profits for coal company executives than it is about the individual workers?
Presumably, we would continue to poison the air we breathe for a few hundred coal jobs, which are destined to end anyway. My father worked for the B&O in northern West Virginia servicing the mines there for 35 years. All the mines he worked are gone now.
Pick up the August issue of Trains magazine and look on page 24. Compare the trackage that was present in 1949 when I was 8 years old with what it is now. You are looking at the future of coal mining.
Coal mining is not in the best interest of the state of Virginia. Don’t be fooled.
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