I had hoped my book on the 1943 coal mine disaster that killed 75 (Goodbye Wifes and Daughters) would inspire people to do all they can to prevent disasters like the one that happened in West Virginia yesterday. 25 dead, so far. Three from one family. A mining company, Massey, with a history of safety violations. Lives are still cheaper than fixing whatever needs to be fixed. No one knows exactly what happened yet – or at least they aren’t saying – but the fact that it happened at all is shameful. We know better….My prayers and tears go out to the families.