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EDITORIAL: Hurricane Earl Ray Begins to Blow

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Sept. 2, 2010 EDITORIAL: Hurricane Earl Ray Begins to Blow West Virginia voters have become an increasingly more discerning bunch with the 24/7 news cycle with all its constant updates and special reports.

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carmichael

Daniels, WV

#1 Sep 2, 2010
This story totally "Blows"! Earl Ray Tomblin is a highly educated man that actually loves his state. He has worked hard to help this state so do not blame him for our economic woes. If you are for coal then you would be for Earl Ray. We have people in our own state totally against coal. Coal is the mainstay of WV.Earl Ray is for coal and will help maintain this industry in WV. As for Reece (sp?) Just how many times has he ran and the people have turned him down. I guess he will keep on running until he eventually wins something.Over the years it has been Southern WV that has gotten the short end of the stick, here we have the most population but the northern part has won out. Let's finally put someone in there that is for Logan, Mingo, Kanawha, Cabell and the other southern counties. Let's develop our end of the state for once. With Lt. Gov. Tomblin we will do good things for WV.
jiminy crickett

San Mateo, CA

#2 Sep 2, 2010
Why can't our representatives do something to entice something safer than the mining industry to set up shop in our state?

How many auto factory eplosions have took the lives of workers in the past 50 years?

How many roof falls have killed factory workers?

It's people with your mindset, that there can never be anything in west Virginia but king coal, that will ensure you children, and their children will be maimed, killed, or suffer the torture of black lung.
ophila

Daniels, WV

#3 Sep 2, 2010
jiminy crickett wrote:
Why can't our representatives do something to entice something safer than the mining industry to set up shop in our state?
How many auto factory eplosions have took the lives of workers in the past 50 years?
How many roof falls have killed factory workers?
It's people with your mindset, that there can never be anything in west Virginia but king coal, that will ensure you children, and their children will be maimed, killed, or suffer the torture of black lung.
No wonder people complain about you all the time on here, you are an idiot. Every industry has accidents. Hell, even schools have shooting and people die. Yes, our state has our fair shair of tragedy. My husband is a miner I hate him working underground but he says it is "in his blood". Every state has a main industry, ours is coal. Yes I would love to see tourism take over. Our state is very beautiful. I have been to 37 states and so far WV and Colorado are the most beautiful. We have much to offer and yes we need to start developing this aspect of WV. I am very, very proud to be a Southern West Virginian. I will never leave the state and want to see us prosper. I do think Earl Ray is our best bet. He is young, very smart, and actually wants to help our people. It is time the southen end gets something, they have been getting it all up state. Go to Martinsburg, Wheeling, M-Town. Those places are very developed compared to us. Instead of fighting we all need to pull together to get this state where it needs to be. However, mining will be a big part of it. I have asked many miners after the lastest disaster does this make them want to leave the mines. None of them said yes. I have the upmost respect for these men because they do keep the lights running and do it at a hight cost.
jiminy crickett

San Mateo, CA

#4 Sep 2, 2010
ophila wrote:
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No wonder people complain about you all the time on here, you are an idiot. Every industry has accidents. Hell, even schools have shooting and people die. Yes, our state has our fair shair of tragedy. My husband is a miner I hate him working underground but he says it is "in his blood". Every state has a main industry, ours is coal. Yes I would love to see tourism take over. Our state is very beautiful. I have been to 37 states and so far WV and Colorado are the most beautiful. We have much to offer and yes we need to start developing this aspect of WV. I am very, very proud to be a Southern West Virginian. I will never leave the state and want to see us prosper. I do think Earl Ray is our best bet. He is young, very smart, and actually wants to help our people. It is time the southen end gets something, they have been getting it all up state. Go to Martinsburg, Wheeling, M-Town. Those places are very developed compared to us. Instead of fighting we all need to pull together to get this state where it needs to be. However, mining will be a big part of it. I have asked many miners after the lastest disaster does this make them want to leave the mines. None of them said yes. I have the upmost respect for these men because they do keep the lights running and do it at a hight cost.
Im an idiot because I have the opinion west Virginia needs more industry instead of big coal monopolising human lives?

I'm an idiot because I know if you go back the past 50 years and compare safety records between factory work and coal mines, factory work will come out ahead, no matter how you try to manipulate the numbers?

From reading the posts that normally support coal mining and how you people have a hard on for breaking your backs, getting smashed like bugs, blowing up into little chunks, or living in an iron lung in your retirement, I think you have changed my mind.

I support coal miners, it's the industry that keeps societys iq balanced.

It's like if Charles Darwin made an industry just to keep societys average iq a bit higher.

It's an industry that keeps the gene pool a bit deeper than what it would normally be around here.
jiminy crickett

Dallas, TX

#5 Sep 2, 2010
What we really need is a representative that isn't in the pocket of west Virginian coal companies.

What we really need is a representative that will actually attempt to get new industries to develop southern west virginia.

What we really need is the people of southern west Virginia to become unbrainwashed by the coal companies, think for themselves and not let those big paychecks buy your husbands and sons lives. That's what that extra five dollars an hour will get you, a funeral.

But everyone in the mining industry is so brainwashed and mainpulated by the almighty dollar. Yeah it pays well, at the cost of not knowing if your going to make it out alive because the company skimps on safety measures and has lookouts For when the federalies come onto the mine.

Production is more important than your husbands and sons.

And apparently that bank book is too.
Fletch

Charleston, WV

#7 Sep 8, 2010
I cannot imagine having to run the State of West Virginia without the contribution coal makes to our state's treasury and energy needs. To cut that off would result in closures of schools, abrupt end to highway construction, an end to indigent care such as medicaid and wholesale layoffs of thousands of pubic and private employees with no hope of much in the way of unemployment benefits--in short a disaster.
While coal's future long ranged may require some major changes, right now it is what we have to work with and we have to stick with it and with the only candidate who understands that connection completely and that's Earl Ray Tomblin who was born and raised in a coal mining community. He is the only man in a position an with the expertise to step into the role of the governorship and deliver what the state will need at a critical time in its history.
Candy

Peach Creek, WV

#8 Sep 8, 2010
Ignorance backs any machine, whether it be democratic or conservative that has FOR 30 YEARS kept us at or near the bottom of the economic scale. Check your economic data, check who is connected to who and to what, and look at the conflicts of interest in this state and in southern wv. While you are checking all of that connectivity, see if you can determine an estimated financial worth of those people, and how they obtained it.
Nonunionsucks

United States

#9 Sep 9, 2010
Get the dam union back in this part of Wv and saftey will be with our miners.Miners are Job scared safety dosen't matter.Production is what is above and beyond anything.Thats why miners are getting hurt and Killed.Hey Post what you want its the truth.
lol

Elkview, WV

#10 Sep 9, 2010
so let me get this straight.

manchin is anti-coal and on the obama/peolosi wagon train. manchin handpicked earl ray to take over as governer should he win the senate seat. so that tells me that earl ray is just another anti-coal, obama yesman.

i agree jiminy, we do need to start to bring in other industries. but that's a slow process and won't happen overnight. until that day comes we have coal. coal keeps the lights on. coal pays the bills. coal provides so many other services and industries in this state at this time, that we need it for all these other people to stay employed. if you take coal away aburptly, then thats just hundreds if not thousands more families that will be living on the tax dollars of those who will be lucky enough to sustain employment.

what we need are representitives who aren't anti-coal, but who also see the need to bring in other industries and start to rely less on the coal industry. so far i've seen noone in politics with that view. they're all either 100% anti coal, or 100% for coal.
lol you dumbnut

United States

#11 Sep 9, 2010
I agree with you.But let these Billion dollar companys keep saftey last and kill and mame uor miners?
Lisa

Charleston, WV

#12 Sep 9, 2010
Why are people here in southern By God so fooled with the boy that cried wolf scare tactic about who is what for coal. Coal is king and will be mined here NO MATTER WHO is in power of this state or who goes to Worshingtun! Damn! Therefore, how's about we give some no name or just somebody elese a shot instead of the lifelong politicians that are self-servers, serving self-interest groups, and keep the middle class under their thumbs and continually skrinking??? Besides, how the hell how we be much worse when we are 49th? Just a thought, but hey, I don't expect it to register with narrow minded people who think their life is so good right now. It will be what it will be. But when WV does get to vote----But, I'd like to see Manchin required to serve what he was voted to serve. And with his ego costing our state millions of dollars for nothing and his elaborate spending on the big house, he should have to stay and party in it until his term is totally complete!
GoGirl

United States

#13 Sep 9, 2010
Well wipe your butt and cry me a big one Wv People are Stupid.They sit back and solve all of the problems.So Lisa Go vote and fix everything.You sound like an Obama Mama.
BIG BOY

Alkol, WV

#14 Oct 27, 2011
i use to be a miner. every person who works inside a coal mine knows about the dangers that are always there both day and night. all coal companies should provide their workers the safeist place possible, but unfortunatly they don't.greedy idiots they are.

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