Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Investigators Underground, Feds Praying

MSHA has announced that Tom Light, assistant district manager from District 2 in Pennsylvania, will lead the agency's investigation into the Kentucky Darby mine explosion. Reportedly, investigators already are underground.

Light is a long time MSHA vet (31 years) and can be expected to do a professional job in the investigation.

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Sidebar:

“We continue to pray for the family and friends of the five miners who lost their lives this past weekend," said acting assistant secretary of MSHA David Dye in making the announcement.

Not "our hearts go out to," the families, not "our sympathies," not "we are profoundly sorry for their loss."

I'm going to step way out of line here, recognizing that the separation-of-church-and-state thing is a silly outworn notion that no public official takes seriously any more. But in my opinion, such a quote in this situation amounts to a tasteless advertisement for the piety of the speaker and -- amazingly -- a whole federal agency.

The place to tell someone you are praying for him or her is in a personal communication, not a press release.

"When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men... But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret." (Matthew 6:5-6)

I don't blame Mr. Dye for having that quote in there, however; no doubt it was dictated from Higher Up.

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