Letter to the Editor: Using intimidation
Intimidation is used to persuade or dissuade by frightening. It is also used to created a feeling of fear, awe, or inadequacy in somebody. From medieval Latin intimidiare, literally "to put in fear," from Latin timidus "fearful."
I believe intimidation is exactly what C.W. Mining Company uses to control its employees. It is now trying to scare or punish people who have supported these employees in there quest for higher wages and a better work environment.
C.W. Mining Company has recently filed a federal lawsuit targeting individuals and groups who supported the picketing workers. They are also suing reporters who wrote stories about C.W. Mining's recent labors dispute. Defending oneself in this type of action can be very expensive, even if the suit is without merit. I believe this is the latest scheme to intimidate anyone who opposes their practice of paying low wages and not providing benefits.
What the mines owners do not understand is that when people are speaking or writing the truth it is not slander or libel, nor is it defamation of character. They also do not understand that although people might put up with intimidation for a time, they will not do it forever. Hopefully the workers who stood up to them and the people who supported them will not be scared by this new scheme. I don't think they will be. Above all I hope the press doesn't shy away in the coverage of these events.