The Kensington Review

3 February 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 15
West Virginia Coal Mining Halted at Governor’s Request -- At the best of times, being a coal miner in West Virginia is one of life’s more difficult assignments. Lately, it has been lethal for an unlucky handful. Under the theory that once is an accident, twice is a coincidence and three or more times is something much worse, the Governor of West Virginia asked that all coal mining in his state cease for safety inspections after three accidents in a single day killed two miners and left many more hurt. In a move that is equally shrewd and humane, a group of producers, the West Virginia Coal Association, have backed the governor.

Muhammad Cartoons Set Europe and Muslims at Odds -- Islam and its more conservative followers don’t make images of people. In Saudi Arabia, television had to be finessed to be permitted. Naturally, then, when some European newspapers ran cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammad, peace be unto him, the reaction among some Muslims was quite heated. The alleged clash of values here overshadows a more fundamental problem – competing ignorance.

Western Union Delivers Last Telegram -- With technological progress seemingly outstripping humanity’s ability to adapt, it is interesting to note that one’s grandparents could commonly do something that today has become impossible. As of January 27, 2006, no one in the US can send a telegram anymore. Western Union has stopped the service. The company, however, continues to flourish.

New York Girl Scores 113 in Basketball Game -- Epiphanny Prince is the star of lower Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum High School girls’ basketball team. Actually, “star” doesn’t quite cover it. Suggestions are welcome to describe a young woman who scored 113 points in her team’s 137-32 rout of Louis Brandeis High School. She passed Kobe Bryant’s astonishing 81 points before the start of the fourth quarter.

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