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The Love-Hate Relationship of Exporting Appalachian Coal

Since the fall of the steel industry in this country, the majority of Appalachia's metallurgical coal reserves have been going overseas. Some goes to Europe…

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Standing in Solidarity with Kentucky’s Teachers

Why did Kentucky legislators have to take away from teacher pensions? Why is there not enough money to make their pensions sustainable? Is it because…

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The Only Way Out for Appalachia’s Coalfields

The boom and bust cycles of coal markets have always worked to the advantage of coal companies more than Appalachian communities.  In some of Central…

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Exploiting Appalachia’s Heroes

Since I left the mines and joined the ranks of people fighting for justice in our world, I've met many people who I consider to…

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Civil Rights and the All Mighty Economy

When I attended Clintwood High School throughout the mid-90s, there was an amazing lack of ethnic diversity.  Our school was 99.8% white. It goes without…

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Appalachia’s Coalfields Weren’t Always Red

Since the last presidential election, I’ve witnessed a near constant stream of ridicule against Appalachian people who voted for Trump, “They are getting what they…

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Jobs First, Safety…well….

Anyone who has worked in a coal mine knows that only loyalty to the company bottom line could raise someone from the ranks of a…

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Stereotyping Appalachians Feeds Only the Coal Industry

Trump won the vote in Appalachia because people are tired of being looked down upon. Considering the work of powerful industry interests, a century’s worth…

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A Few Thoughts on Climate Change

I do not subscribe to the labels being thrown out these days. I do not consider myself an environmentalist, a liberal, nor do I consider…

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With Liberty and Justice for All*

  The following is an excerpt from a reflection I wrote December 2015. It was a warm afternoon when we arrived in Holly Springs, Mississippi.…

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