Mine should close for funeral
August 15, 1999
To the Editor,
Craig — I have been associated with Trapper Mine for approximately seven years. In those seven years, at every Trapper picnic, at every Trapper Christmas party, somebody stands up and tells everyone how the employees of Trapper are all a family, and how by sticking together we can make things happen. If that were really true, something would be done to honor Joe Koonce, a man who gave his all to Trapper Mine for 18 years.
Joe was a team player, as is every employee at Trapper Mine. And I feel he is being treated like just another miner at some other mine, instead of a brother that lost his life while making Trapper Mine and their stockholders money. I would hope that in the event something like this happend to my husband while giving his all to Trapper Mine, or any other mine, that they would be more considerate. Shut the mine down the day of his funeral, so that all of his fellow brothers could attend, and honor his memory. Why is the mine not going to be closed during his funeral service?
I believe that his service to Trapper Mine should mean more than that.