Westmoreland Coal Company’s spokesman said it wasn’t the company’s fault that those who spent their working lives mining coal for the company find themselves old and with neither pensions nor health insurance. He blames capitalism. “It’s just the market,” the corporate mouthpiece bellowed.

Remember Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical company exec who raised the price of a lifesaving drug from $13.50 a pill to more than $750? He said he regretted he didn’t go higher. After all, he reasoned, “This is a capitalist system, and capitalism rules.”

Rodger McDaniel lives in Laramie and is the pastor at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne. Email: rmc81448@gmail.com.

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