Delegates from West Virginia hold signs supporting coal at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 19. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Regarding the Dec. 7 front-page article “ In coal country, in Trump they trust”:

One can’t help but feel compassion for the West Virginians who find themselves in economic distress, but, as I like to remind people, the law of supply and demand has not been repealed. There is no longer high demand for coal, so there is no incentive to mine it in the same degree as in the past. Their jobs are not coming back. Then again, neither are the jobs of blacksmiths and saddle makers. But that’s a horse of a different color.

Harley Liebenson, Rockville