President Obama spoke today, Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the memorial service in Beckley, West Virginia, for twenty nine Americans who died needlessly in a mine explosion on the 5th of April. Those men are dead because the mine owner, the Massey Energy Company, put profit over safe working conditions, and the workers felt that they had no choice but to work in a mine that many knew was unsafe, and because government, on the state and federal level, failed them. Everyone is saying that this was the worst mining disaster in a generation, and everyone will pull together to prevent others.
Tough enforcement of present laws would have prevented the deaths. A respect for the lives of its workers by the mine owners would have prevented those deaths. A fitting memorial to the dead would be, for their lives not to have been wasted, that the living remember why they died and take the proper steps to see that no one else has to suffer what they suffered.