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Voice of the People

May. 11, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

Voice your opinion with your vote

On April 28 the West Virginia AFL-CIO held the 25th annual observance of Workers Memorial Day at Willow Island, W.Va. Kenny Perdue and Josh Sword arranged for a very beautiful and moving ceremony.

The backdrop was the massive cooling tower where 51 workers fell to their death in 1978 when the scaffolding collapsed. A wreath was placed and the bell tolled for those workers and the 22 workers lost from workplace fatalities in West Virginia during 2012.

The theme for this year's ceremony was "Mourn for the dead and fight for the living," an adaptation of the Mother Jones quote.

The Rev. Dennis Sparks admonished us to accept the things we could not change, change the things we can and have the wisdom to know the difference.

My thoughts afterward went to the recent legislative session and House Bill 2354, which would require workers on state projects to complete the OSHA 10-hour safety training. Of course, in our area Delegates Carol Miller and Kelli Sobonya voted against the bill and the Chamber of Commerce and Contractors Association wrote letters to your paper praising them for their vote.

Well I accept that I can never change Carol, Kelli or the corporate greed that supports them, but I can change who holds those seats in the House by voting against them.

I hope your readers have the wisdom to do the same.

Bob Adkins




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