An op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday, January 4, 2017, p. A15, “From Coal Mining to Pill Popping”, by Nick Mullins. The online title is “The Pain Pill Epidemic Isn’t Going Anywhere Until We End Coal’s Dominance”.
The editorial emphasizes the danger of working in underground mines, which contributes to the need for pills, and creates a vicious cycle. And the benefits available now are bad, but could get worse under Trump, even if he saved their jobs.
Depending on the work of coal miners, especially underground, is bad karma for all of us. Think about the opening of the movie “October Sky”, where Homer’s brother feels it is his responsibility to take his dad’s place in the coal mines when his dad gets lung disease.