My father-in-law died of a heart attack in 1967 at the age of 58. He was a coal miner and had "black lung." He belonged to the United Mine Workers. The miners had good health care and good wages and over the years, thanks to the unions, their working conditions improved. In recent years as unions have declined, working conditions in the mines have become more dangerous and black lung is more prevalent. A few weeks ago, coal miners were required to attend a political rally for Gov. Romney in Beallsville, Ohio, missing a day of work without pay.