To Walt from Joe

Hey Walt,

Which other industry had 29 deaths on their books recently? Name one, I’ll wait.

Also, I hope you’re not connected to the land there. Because the coal industry is making sure that your grand kids will be moving away due to lack of jobs, or else becoming those welfare drug addicts you seem to despise. What else are they going to do when coal has got done raping and pillaging. All the while folks support it because they’re too afraid of losing the peanuts that the company throws at their feet.

My grandad is a preacher in eastern KY and he doesn’t get it either. You all let these coal men use the name of God to promote what they’re doing. That is a sin and a goddamned shame. The Bible says that no one shall take the Lord’s name in vain. But you all cheer the men who use God’s name in their pursuit of money. The phrase “selling your soul” for money isn’t just a euphemism and the miners are just as guilty as the owners when they use God as a justification for their actions. And not a trace of shame about it either…

Read your Bible. All sins are equal in the eyes of God and those who do not repent will face retribution. The mine owners are committing terrible sins and the miners that continue to sell their souls for a paycheck are too. Unless we recognize and repent of our sins we cannot be forgiven. If you are too proud to see and repent in this life, then you will not be forgiven in this life in the next.

If you pray about it God will let you know that what is happening in those mountains is a sin against His creation. Once you know and don’t repent, you have committed a sin against God himself. He will not tolerate your pride and your lack of faith that he will give you another way to take care of your family.

Why do you think the people in those mountains are suffering so badly recently? It’s because the sins of the mines are bleeding out and affecting everyone in the area. God’s creation is poisoning folks and God’s anger is displayed by the drug problems and poverty in the area. You don’t see it because you are too proud to see and repent for the sins against God’s creation.

Not all mining is bad, but the Bible says to do all things in moderation. The way things are now is not moderation. It is excess and greed for the gratification and glorification of men. If you don’t know this then you need to pray about your soul. God shows His children what is right and wrong. If you don’t see how wrong it is and see the greed and your pride, then I have my doubts as to whether you are a child of God.

I’ll pray for you and all of those that are continuing the sins of supporting the destruction of God’s work. I’ll also pray for the drug addicts and even those who use God’s name to rally fools to their own cause. May God open all of your hearts and eyes, because if he doesn’t then you’ll suffer even more than the land before long.

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One Response to To Walt from Joe

  1. Walt says:


    FY 2010, there were over 4,500 fatal injuries, I’ve listed just a few for you. Construction 751 deaths, Forestry/Logging 70 deaths, Health care and social assistance 139 deaths, Administrative and waste 280 deaths, Truck transportation 396 deaths, Wholesalers 87 deaths, Food manufacturing 53 deaths, Metal fabrication manufacturing 47 deaths and there are at least another twenty or so other industries that had more than 29 deaths. In case you don’t believe the information I have provided you can check it out for yourself at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    How do you correlate the coal industry with future shortage of jobs? Where would everyone in Central Appalachia work today if it were not for the coal industry? I don’t know what region of the country you live in, but I’m sure it is not Central Appalachia, because if it were you would know that the majority of the jobs rely on the coal industry. Fact is if it were not for the coal industry Central Appalachia would be nothing more than ghost towns.

    I don’t know what you earn annually, but the average coal miner will make between 70K and 100K annually including paid medical, dental and vision insurance. Mine foreman and superintendents will make around 150K, I don’t know about you but I don’t consider those amounts PEANUTS, and honestly I don’t know anyone who does.

    In the first part of you sermon you took God’s name in vain, so any comments you have regarding religion are hypocritical and null and void as far as I’m concerned.

    I don’t pretend to know what God thinks, but I know he placed coal and other valuable minerals on this earth for a reason, God created coal and gave us the ability to access it, and for us not to use coal is equal to God giving us a brain and not using it.

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