Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The blind leading the blind leading the blind: Like lemmings following their leader to a watery grave, any voter who votes a straight-party ticket is blind to the fact that both parties have good and bad candidates, rich and poor members and moral and immoral leaders.
President Obama is blind to what a democratic republic (the United States) is all about. It is his way or no way and damn the people and the country.
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president and former United Mine Workers president, is one of the lemmings, and Cecil Roberts, UMW president, must be right behind him, because Trumka wants to mobilize union miners to support Obama and to make sure they get 20 other voters to the polls to vote Democrat.
Obama is the greatest enemy of the coal industry ever to be the president of our country. He will close more coal-fired power plants by increasing outrageous regulations on an industry that has been overregulated for decades.
He will put tens of thousands of coal miners out of work — great-paying jobs with great benefits. All miners in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and any other state that mines coal should tell Trumka and Roberts to open their eyes to the truth of Obama's real agenda for the coal industry. We have the greatest high-quality coal reserves in the world and we should utilize that resource to the fullest.
The Rev. Tony Joseph
The writer, pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, became a UMW member at age 16 and was president of a company that employed more than 100 UMW miners.
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First of all, why identify yourself as a Reverend? Are you using your religious title to influence the election? If so, your church should lose its tax exempt status. Why are you lying about our President? He has not and cannot arbitrarily cause less coal to be mined. The reality is; with cheaper and cheaper natural gas, and the fact that it is cleaner and more desirable, coal will not be a popular domestic choice for energy usage. My heart goes out to those in that industry. Both of my grandfathers died of black lung and coal mining as a 13 year old most likely contributed to my father dying at age 52. But to try to make the President the scapegoat for a product that simply has a declining appeal, is shameful.