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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Robert Murray
After an election campaign that featured jobs as a central issue, some of the nation's businesses have responded to President Obama's victory with a series of layoff announcements related to a variety of factors including the New Year's "fiscal cliff."
"Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build," he said in the prepared prayer. "We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise."
Mr. Murray, who expects the U.S. coal industry to go out of business by 2030, said he was putting his company into "survival mode."