No Christmas bonus
I am a widow of a 30 year UMWA coalminer and on a small income. Now the union says that for the next two years we won’t get our needed Christmas bonus.
I’m 58, pay my co-op associate dues and live on or exist on $787 month.
They don’t pay dentists and needed the bonus for this because I have real teeth and need the rest for what they don’t pay on glasses.
Silver Springs, Fla.
Town of Man
I have been making the five hour trip from Springfield, Ohio, to Man for the last few weeks to work on my house in Man, to get it ready for sale. Last week after a long day, I went by the Man Town Hall and saw the town was having a council meeting so I decided to stop by for a minute and tell all my friends hey! I hardly could contain myself seeing all the wonderful people that make Man a special little town.
Getting a chance to visit with all the wonderful people who have been so good to Karen and I over the 30 plus years of pastoring in Man is so overwhelming! When I was coming down old Rt.10 and getting a chance to drive on the new highway I couldn’t help but beam with pride in seeing what a few good citizens can do when they get on the same age for a common purpose.
The improvements to the town and seeing all the visitors to the Hatfield/McCoy trail was great as well, but nothing surpasses the ‘Soul” of this little town, its wonderful people. It has been a labor of love that kept me there for all of those years!
I brought one of my pastors with me and he was overwhelmed with the friendliness of the people, and the natural beauty of the land! Karen and I may have been called to Ohio and certainly are grateful to the wonderful folks here, but Man will always have my heart, and I will always be a Mountaineer!
May God bless each and every one of you! Montani Semper Liberi! (Mountaineers are always free!)
Life after the mines
As Logan County native I can say there is life after coal mines. I was relocated to Meigs County Ohio at age 13. I became a Union Coal Miner and worked 27 years underground. When the mines closed in 2001 I enrolled in a local college.
I worked at my studies with the same enthusiasm that I had as a miner. I finished my AA there and went on to another school and earned a BA. I have been steadily employed ever since.
I laugh and tell people that I make the same money now as I did 20 years ago! I do miss the wage but I get by. I will be looking forward to a second retirement in the near future.
I can hardly express how disappointed I am in Governor Tomblin and Senator Manchin. They continue to be full supporters of Barak Obama, even though Mr. Obama has vowed to destroy coal mining as an industry in our country. How can two men who claim to have such great pride in our state and its coal mining heritage support someone as evil as Barak Obama? I don’t know. You’ll have to ask them.
I’ve called both their offices for an answer about who they are supporting for President and neither one will give an answer. Real men? Real leaders? Real cowards if you ask me! In similar fashion, I’ve heard former Obama supporters say, “I don’t like Romney, but I’m not going to vote for Obama again. So, I’m just not going to vote”. Really? Don’t you former Obama supporters understand that not voting is equal to a vote for Obama? You see, he needs to be defeated; and the only thing that defeats him is when Romney gets more votes than Obama. Not voting is not tabulated. Just as not supporting Obama is NOT the equivalent of standing against him.
In times of real testing, men who want to be leaders must take a stand for what is right and they also must take a stand against that which is wrong. These are two sides of the same coin. However, when we look at Tomblin and Manchin they keep showing us the same side of the coin, hoping we will forget to ask about the other. You see, weak men desire their own advancement and prestige above everything else. To them, winning, advancing their own name and notoriety is what matters most. It is called blind ambition. Worse yet, these kinds of men can be counted on to turn tale and run when a real fight shows up. Are you hearing me Earl Ray? How about you Joe?
In private, both of these West Virginia elected officials will openly admit that Obama is a terrible President who is incapable and unfit for the job. But, they both lack the backbone to say it publicly. That is because to a politician there is only one thing worse than losing and that is going against their political party. The Democrat party must be bowed down to. If they dare take a stand against Obama, then they subject themselves to being cast out of the party or at least being sent to the back of the bus. For my part, I’d rather be known as a man who stood up for my people regardless of what my political party feels about it. To be such, is to truly be a leader.
Don’t believe the sleight of hand these slick politicians pull when they say, “Well I really don’t like either candidate”. OK. But you don’t have any other choice except those two. Pick one and name him openly. Or you can continue to hide behind your skirts. Is it any wonder our country is in the mess it is?
When our country and state need men, we get this instead … powder puff, mamby pamby, politicians dressing up as men of honor. No thanks. Give me a man who will take a stand for what he believes in and who isn’t afraid to stand against his enemies, even if they are within his own political party. That man I can respect.
Bottom line, if you don’t have the guts to lead, then please retire.
Gary Lee Corns