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Page 92 - William H. "Bull" Marah - Still Fighting

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1997/6/1 (149 reads)

the cheap American coal that was coming in from the States. They call that subven? tions. And after that, they started paying subsidies--direct money to the company. We forced that. (What do you mean, "we forced that"?) That's just what I'm telling you. Because they were doing it with everybody else. (Now, why didn't the politicians say to you, "Bill, go to hell." And the religious people--why would they join you on a dele? gation to go to Ottawa about these prob? lems?) Because--Number One, we researched it. Number Two, we publicized it, and Num? ber Three, we gave the leadership. Because when we went up as a delegation, and when we went to meet with the government, we didn't only speak for coal miners, we spoke for the communities. They built the churches, they built the schools. And you know, when I came on the job, the storekeepers and the--they were so stupid, you wouldn't believe it. When we'd get in a fight with the company, they'd support the $HEATHIN<; The Solid Choice for Warmth... Today and Tomorrow. Today the cost of energy is a concern for everyone. It makes sense to use an insulation product that is not only cost effective, but versatile, easy to handle, and efficient. With more R's for your dollar, TrueFoam Expanded Polystyrene is the insulating material for today. And for the future. TrueFoam is breathable, eliminating worries about mildew and dry-rot. It's the practical choice for architects, contractors and do-it yourself home owners. AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BUILDING SUPPLY DEALER company. So I went around and I told them. I said, "What, are you all crazy?" I said, "The more purchasing power we have, the more business we can do with you people. The more we can buy." And I said, "We spend all our money. We don't save it. We're the best pump-primer in the world, eh." You know why? Because coal miners spend every god-darned nickel they make. They're the most marvellous thing to have in a community, you can find. See? The money is going around. You understand? Now, they can give me all the economics they want. But if you hold the money and you don't spend the money, the area is not going to be prosperous. Now, they couldn't care less if the steel? workers never worked. Steelworkers didn't spend their money like the coal miners. They can go on strike at the steel indus? try tomorrow, they couldn't care less. But the coal miner murdered them. Because we spent everything. (Do you see this as sort of a philosophy of coal miners, or you know this to be a fact?) They're the same as people in the army or the navy or the air force. They spent all their money, too. 'Cause they might be dead the next day. So what's the good of having it in your pocket when you get killed?... And the odd part of it is this: They are the greatest people in the z Home Care Novo Scotia It's long been known that people often recover faster - and more comfortably - at home than in hospital. The support of family and friends in familiar surroundings can also make "quality of life" differences for people with chronic illnesses or those who need short-term health care. These are just some of the reasons why we established Home Care Nova Scotia • a province-wide home care program designed to provide nursing, home support, personal care and home oxygen services to Nova Scotians in their homes. If you are interested in finding out more about Home Care Nova Scotia, please call our toll-free number: 1-800-225-7225 MWA'mx Health 92
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