Donna Rabender

Well, you clearly have been drinking the right wing Kool-Aid fueled with lies on the mask issue.

The fact is masking up HAS been proven to be effective, but that is a debate for another time.

What is relevant here is the miners are not refusing to mask up because they don’t believe the masks are ineffective.

The miners are refusing to mask up to make a political statement, to demonstrate their love and affection for their president Donald J Trump.

Another fellow brought up the dependence of public utilities on coal fired plants.

Now I don’t know what the truth of that is. Dude could be fabricating for all I know.

What I DO know is those utilities have had decades to clean up their act and wean themselves off coal just as the miners in Southwest Virginia have had decades to get the education and training necessary so they would not be tied to this dying industry.

Let me put this in perspective.

One of my grandfathers was a miner in the hard coal fields of Pennsylvania.

I never knew him because he died young as a result of black lung, but not before he sired 12 children.

Not a SINGLE ONE of those kids had to follow him into the mines, and most of them lived until their seventies and eighties.

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