Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
I read with great interest all the posts that followed after I posted a picture of a baseball cap and wrote about a plan to shut down fast food outlets on U.S. bases in Afghanistan. While I might have let my own bias on the topic show, it was interesting to see how people responded, both on and off topic.
I continue to watch the coverage of the coal mine disaster closely, albeit helplessly. The holes being drilled into the mine are 6 inches wide, and have a fan at the top of the pipe. That brings the mine air to the surface where it is measured for parts per million of carbon monoxide and methane—and percentage of oxygen. I've been inside a coal mine—deep enough in the earth to know I wouldn't want to do it every day. Long enough to emerge with great respect for those who do it for a living. It's been said that it's one of the only jobs in that part of the country where one wage earner can make enough to provide for a family—but it comes with huge risk, and danger is always in that mine with them. When we heard ambulances were dispatched to the mine this afternoon, our hopes soared, but no news followed. We continue to follow the story. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers.