|Courtesy: Berea College|
|Mountain Homestead - Photo by R.L. Mullins|
|Courtesy Dickenson County Schools|
- Continue working in the coal mines for large paychecks while knowing they can be killed and will ultimately suffer debilitating long term health problems?
- Intentionally ignore scientific evidence regarding the detrimental health effects upon families who live near mining as a result of mining processes and the mono-economy perpetuated by the coal industry?
- Choose to ignore the history of Appalachian struggles against the coal industry and instead embrace a new found love of the industry by blindly accepting everything the industry tells them?
- Continuously sacrifice the environment necessary for the good health of our children and future generations?
- Go into tremendous debt for recreational items and/or unnecessarily large homes and vehicles based upon the income of an industry proven to have “booms and busts,” a decision that ultimately puts their family’s well-being at risk?
- Choose to use hearsay as their basis of knowledge in political decision making rather than taking the time to perform the proper research on various issues themselves?
- Choose to be racists or bigots?
- Support organizations such as “Coal Mining Our Future” that promotes the idea of their children being coal miners who will eventually face the same debilitating health and economic problems?
- Intentionally withdraw from the workforce to pursue government assistance while supporting a substance abuse problem?
- Currently stand up for their neighbors in a fight for the betterment of Appalachia even if it involves going without a big paycheck (similar to what our fathers did)?
|A truck in Hazard, Kentucky - Photo by R.L. Mullins|
|Senator Mitch McConnell|
It’s not just about making the smart choice; it’s about making the right choice…