Okay. So, I'm sure everyone has heard about the mine explosion in Montcoal
. It really is a tragedy. It's not the first time it's happened...there was an explosion at my dad's mine a few years back but that happened (very luckily) on a holiday when there was hardly anyone working and no one was near the sections of the plow that blew. It's just...horrible. It's what happens, it's the risk every miner takes everyday, a risk we all knew my mom took and my dad still takes....and yet, it's such a tragedy. This is horrible and I can't even begin to really process it. My thoughts and sympathies are with every single family affected, with every person directly or indirectly hurt because of this.
And...it's so close to home. It's RIGHT there. My sister and her husband went to a wake last night (the funeral is today) for a man that has been best friends with my brother in law since they were about 2 years old. A boy I played t-ball with was killed. It wasn't just the explosion, it was the methane....they never knew what was happening until it was too late. I can't even....I don't know.
I do know....that people protesting? It's ridiculous. Have a video:
I'm all for free speech. I'm all for protesting things. You can protest hurting the earth with mining (but you better be using forms of energy so as to avoid being a hypocrite or you're no better than what you're bitching about), you can protest mining conditions and federal mine safety laws. BUT no one deserves to die. No one. People are trying to make a living and that's what you do in WV...we don't have a whole hell of a lot else here, okay? Go ahead and protest, but do NOT make the fact that all these people died just trying to make a living trivial. Also, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. All I'm saying.
WEll, that and it's Westboro....and they'll protest anything just to get a rise out of people. Which I'll never understand. What do those people approve of? Anything?