Learning this week and the number of very brutal massacres, Matewan and now two in Colorado, it makes me wonder why they are not more widely known. Until I checked up on our reading, I was entire unaware of the conflicts and violence that was associated with mining throughout the United States. I would think that, even in passing, more would be heard about them somewhere in our history, but that is not true. It’s surprising to me knowing how important coal mining once was. Is this silence because of the big business influence or that these victims of big business didn’t warrant more attention?–Debbie M.