Despite the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the contamination of the Elk River and the drinking water in West Virginia, the groundwater pollution from 33 coal ash dumps and the coal ash spill in the Dan River in North Carolina, and the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, this newspaper continues to denigrate the EPA. I know that coal-mining jobs are very important. My father-in-law was a coal miner; he died at the age of 58. He had black lung - never got to retire. But coal, chemical and oil companies have to be held responsible for polluting our air and water and it's not going to happen if we keep weakening the EPA. A democracy should make sure its citizens are safe from possible environmental damage by the oil, gas, chemical and coal industry.