In Praise of Gunnoe
I was late in reading my latest MORE and just read the article on Maria Gunnoe’s crusade against the coal mining practices in West Virginia. I am originally from Western Pennsylvania and everybody in the area knows about the horrors of working in the coal mines. Yesterday afternoon I turn on the news station and there is the latest tragedy. A coalmine explosion and as of this morning, 25 men are dead. This company had hundreds of violations and had done nothing about them and they were still in business! Pay the fines and continue sending men down in those mines every day knowing that that they had done nothing more to help prevent their deaths! Bless Maria Gunnoe! Keep up the good work and don’t let anyone still your voice!
Keep the Core
I was ready to let my MORE subscription lapse, disappointed that your focus was on how women look, like all other magazines. Then the April edition arrived with the focus on character rather than appearance. I enjoyed the Happiness article, Switched at Birth, and the 2nd Act short stories of mid-life changes. I’m going to renew my subscription with a plea to keep the core of MORE on the heart and spirit of women, more than the shape of our surfaces.
I liked your article on feet, but you mainly discussed triage methods for people bent on treating their feet poorly. At the ripe old age of 42, I swallowed my pride and began doing three things: wearing shoes one-half to one size larger, wearing swanky European leather orthopaedic insoles, and wearing fewer high heels. The good news is, the first two things are unnoticeable to anyone but me, and flats are an actual fashion choice instead of a compromise. I can wear my insoles in nearly any pair of closed-heel shoes, including high heels. To my amazement, my feet not only feel fab at the end of my day, which includes a long subway/train commute, but my back, knees and posture are in good shape, too. Small change = big swing in my step.
New Haven, Connecticut
Controversial Coal Mining
As a native West Virginian, I am surprised and actually a little irritated by the article featuring Maria Gunnoe. Like her, several of my family members depend on the coal mining business for their livelihood. Mountaintop removal is practiced here but the aftermath is not as she has portrayed. In reality, the mountains are left in picturesque condition. If it weren’t for the mining industry, most of Gunnoe’s town would be unemployed and probably deserted. The United States needs coal. West Virginia can supply that coal. Instead of living in anger, fear and paranoia, why not put that energy into helping with the reclamation projects that are constantly ongoing? West Virginia is a coal mining state. Fighting that is almost a personal attack to other West Virginians.