I am honestly so proud of my dad, he goes underground and risks his life everyday so he can get money so we can have the best life we possibly can. He goes underground and risks his life so people can have power, & when I see people who don’t support coal mining I just want to tell them to try to live without power and then say they don’t like coal mining. Earlier this year there was a controversy about the mountain top removal method or coal mining, people who didn’t support mountain top removal marched in what they called “The March on Blair Mountain” they tried to stop and camp out at a park in my small town. Needless to say all the coal miners and their families got really upset and put on their coal mining stripes and made signs that said “Honk if you support our coal miners”. I think that people should just take the time and think about what coal miners and their families go through, the miners go to work not knowing if they’ll come back out alive. Their families have to say goodbye and kiss their loved ones not knowing if they’ll come home.
My dad works really close to Upper Big Branch (UBB). back on April 5, 2010 there was a huge explosion at UBB, 29 miners died. At that time I lived in CT, but I had an uncle who worked in the coal mines and I was terrified that he might have been in that mine, thankfully he wasn’t. I live in a small town in WV now and alomst everyone knew at least one person who was in that mine.
I worry about my dad every time he goes to work, what if he never comes back? I barely ever get to see him, he goes to work at 2 pm, and I get home at 3 pm. He gets home at 1 am, I usually only see him on weekends that is if he doesn’t work.
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