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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Andy's Angles: the Miners

King's College has a Miners' Memorial tucked in to a little space between what used to be the Sheraton Crossgates and what used to be the Pomeroy's department store building.  It's easy to miss, but it's worth checking out.
I have no problems with memorials to the men who worked in the mine, and the women who ran the households while the men were working long hours in horrible conditions.  In fact, there should be more memorials.

It drives me insane when people are in favor of naming local sports teams "The Miners."  It reinforces every negative stereotype about the area.  NewsFlash:  The mines are closed.   The coal barons abused the environment and the people.   There is a way, time and place to honor the sacrifice the miners made, and this is a great example of how it should be done.