Letters to the Editor

Miners entitled to aid

It’s a shame that coal miners feel they can’t speak up for themselves regarding black lung benefits. I don’t understand why all of those poor suffering people don’t band together and demand their rights to the benefits the law used to say they were entitled to.

Mining industry CEOs seem to have the same opinion about black lung disease as the National Football League has about long-term debilitating brain injuries suffered by hundreds of football players. Both believe that the coal miners and NFL players knew what they were getting into when they agreed to take the job. They think that an early death is the price to pay for an uneducated man to live the type of lifestyle that a mining job or playing professional football can offer. They think that these men can’t make that kind of money anywhere else. That’s as cold as you can get. Shame on them.

Yolanda Averette