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Tag: Chile


A tale of heroism, below and above the earth

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

To a world with too few happy endings, Chile has given 33.

Being buried alive is a primal human fear. One can hardly imagine the sufferings of trapped miners who survived cave-ins only to die slowly in the dark.

For 17 agonizing days, that seemed to be the fate of 33 Chilean miners buried nearly a half mile deep in a collapsed copper and gold mine.

Then came the string of miracles:

A drill probe – after many failures and against all hope – penetrating the miners’ underground survival chamber. The discovery that all were still alive, having subsisted on minuscule servings of cached tuna and milk.

Their physical and psychological endurance through long weeks of isolation. The staggering technical competence of the rescue engineers, who drilled three small boreholes – and finally the bigger rescue shaft – on winding paths through some of the hardest rock on earth.

Finally, the miners’ triumphant emergence, which elated a world that had been riveted by their predicament and the unprecedented rescue effort. No one in history had spent so many days trapped inside the earth and lived to tell the story.
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Chile vs. Texas: Battle of the banners

One of my jobs on the Opinionator desk is to lay out the daily pages and select art. As I was going through the photos out of Chile to find one to illustrate Thursday’s editorial about the rescued miners, I kept seeing images of the Chilean flag.

It looked real familiar . . . a lot like the Texas flag. And I know that from taking Texas history at Texas A&M Consolidated Junior High School in College Station, Texas. I don’t know if Texas schoolkids still have to know everything there is to know about Stephen F. Austin,

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