My experience in touring coal country and talking with unemployed or underemployed former miners…
Michele Ramsey
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I feel for these miners, but these are the same people that complain about immigrants. Immigrants who have travellled hundreds to thousands of miles to find work. My wife when she came here, legally BTW, used to travel up to 4 hours total a day to net ~$100. 
Yet the people in these mining towns expect jobs to come to them. There are also many free or very low cost on line resources to learn programming internet security web design so it is possible to earn something without moving too far.
Also where is the blame for local politicians that essentially created tax incentives to keep their little fiefdoms stuck as single industry company towns?

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