Thursday, May 24, 2012

Centralia Is Still Burning

As a native of Pennsylvania and the great-grandson of a coal miner, I would probably be remiss if I failed to take note of the fact that Sunday, 27 May 2012, will be the 50th anniversary of the start of the Centralia Coal Mine fire, a tragedy which has, in the intervening fifty years, killed a pretty little town in the mountains southwest of the place in which I grew up.

The whole sorry affair seems, from beginning to end, to come down to stupidity and arrogance, always a dangerous combination (see President Barack Obama).  What a crying shame.

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