Friday, April 9, 2010

Miner Has Premonition Leaves Note for Girlfriend

CNN interview with the mother of a young miner who died in Monday's explosion.  He told her of the "bad ventilation" and left a letter for his girlfriend and mother of his young daughter.  This poor woman lost her brother, nephew and son.  She is a forgiving loving person who, to me, epitomizes the word "charitable".

9 comments:

Star said...

So terribly sad. It sounds as if it could have been avoided! I can't imagine how sad the families must be, beyond words.
Blessings, Star

DJan said...

All I can say is her faith must be monumental. Or it hasn't actually hit her yet, the depth of her loss. Thanks for the link; it was difficult to watch, just thinking about him...

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

This woman is making peace with her loss in order to go on. But mine families shouldn't have to bear these losses as a routine thing. The rest of us need to push for regulation and enforcement.

Baino said...

It's a tragic world when taking a pay cheque prevents workers from making a noise about their working conditions but it happens too often. I work in the construction industry (well the project management side) and despite OH&S training and rules, people on site still take risks and shortcuts. Terrible for that poor woman and so many others.

injaynesworld said...

The mine had scores of violations against it and its owner should to to prison for this. The Bush Administration took one of the executives from this very same mine and put him in charge of the federal agency for mine safety. Talk about corruption.

RNSANE said...

I can't imagine losing one family member in such a catastrophe, let alone three. How terrible for that poor lady and her son's wife and child.

California Girl said...

Hi Star! It's great to hear from you. I'll head over to your blog after I respond to everyone's comments.

DJan: Probably both. Her calm unnerves me but that's because I would be insane with anger, wanting to strike out.

Bliss: No they should not have to bear these kinds of catastrophes as the "cost of doing business", a phrase which has been thrown at Blankenship numerous times during interviews and which he always ignores or sidesteps.

Baino: The mining situation here is not much different than it was 100+ years ago, I'm afraid. Generations of families do this work, risk death daily, destroy the environment they are forced to continue to inhabit, inhale carcinogenic air that may eventually kill them via black lung or emphysema.

injaynesworld: I am going to look up the Bush Admin appointment. I didn't know that or if I did, I forgot. Gawd!!!

RNSANE: Every time I feel badly about something, I have to think of people like this and stop my own bellyachin'.

Abraham said...

Sad, indeed, when the mine owners can pay the fines and keep on operations the same. As I recall that is what happened in this case. Sad.

California Girl said...

Abe: yes and it happens over & over. It's beyond terrible. I don't know why the govt doesn't regulate the mines better. I get that the state won't step in as it's big tax money for them and the politicians are probably compromised by pac money. I don't understand the Federal govt's lack of regulation however, unless, as injaynesworld said, the fox is guarding the henhouse.

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