Reconnecting McDowell will take some doing

Oct 11, 2012 Full story: Charleston Daily Mail 72

McDowell County is West Virginia's poorest and most challenged. The decline of the coal industry left McDowell County with virtually no economy, a broken infrastructure and little hope that things will get better.

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Change is good

Princeton, WV

#1 Oct 14, 2012
Everyone has to do their part.
Change is needed

United States

#2 Oct 14, 2012
Change is good wrote:
Everyone has to do their part.
Reconnect McDowell is in all honestly a joke. No politial plug intended but Romney stated that 47% of the nation is takers and I agree that probably is true but I would say 75% of McDowell County are living off the system and only 5-10% truly need it. People around here don't want to work and no matter how much you try to convince them to do better they are content with freebees from the state, government, and out of state churchs. FORCE them off welfare, take away their ssi, and they will work or starve. The only other way is for the decent people of McDowell County to ban together and either burn them out or just kill them off then act like they didn't see anything when the police show up ( I think this idea will work quicker). With all due respect Gail Manchin doesnt know or care about this county and no change will come from outsiders. Either we do it ourselves, leave, or get use to it.
McDowell

Princeton, WV

#3 Oct 14, 2012
Change is good wrote:
Everyone has to do their part.
98% of the citizens don't want change. The County is still liv'in In the 1960's.
Out of State Church Group

Princeton, WV

#4 Oct 14, 2012
Change is good wrote:
Everyone has to do their part.
It will never come true.
acu

Mascot, Australia

#5 Oct 14, 2012
Greetings from Australia. I visited McDowell county this past September. What I was really horrified me - a once proud community doing it tough. But, I also saw a community which has some of the most beautiful country in the USA. Why are you not promoting that. I am going to come again and spend more time in the home of the Rocket Boys.
McDowell

Clay, WV

#6 Oct 16, 2012
Change is needed wrote:
<quoted text>
Reconnect McDowell is in all honestly a joke. No politial plug intended but Romney stated that 47% of the nation is takers and I agree that probably is true but I would say 75% of McDowell County are living off the system and only 5-10% truly need it. People around here don't want to work and no matter how much you try to convince them to do better they are content with freebees from the state, government, and out of state churchs. FORCE them off welfare, take away their ssi, and they will work or starve. The only other way is for the decent people of McDowell County to ban together and either burn them out or just kill them off then act like they didn't see anything when the police show up ( I think this idea will work quicker). With all due respect Gail Manchin doesnt know or care about this county and no change will come from outsiders. Either we do it ourselves, leave, or get use to it.
Well Said!

Since: Feb 10

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#7 Oct 16, 2012
The only way to reconnect McDowell County is disconnect itself from the Good Ole' Boys Regime but since the county is so far gone in depopulation,corruption and lawlessness and there are those within the county who wants to keep it that way then a recovery is unlikely,
TJ J

Bluefield, WV

#8 Oct 16, 2012
UNtil we get some new blood in our offices, nothing will change! I agree with Gary Coaldigger you hit the nail on the head. I like what you say on topics, most of it is stupid. Some people just put us down and don't care one way or another.If you don't like our county MOVE!

Since: Feb 10

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#9 Oct 16, 2012
TJ J wrote:
UNtil we get some new blood in our offices, nothing will change! I agree with Gary Coaldigger you hit the nail on the head. I like what you say on topics, most of it is stupid. Some people just put us down and don't care one way or another.If you don't like our county MOVE!
When it comes to McDowell County,believe it or not,I do care.
II may come on as possibly being too much negative but nevertheless I do mean well.
McDowell Co. has got some really bad problems and turning a blind eye,pretending that the problems don't exist or thinking that the problems in the county will eventually go away on its own will not solve them nor keeping the same ones in the offices of the county will either.
I'm not ashamed of where I grew up in but its a shame how McDowell Co. has turned out.
Its not just the corruption in the county offices its other things too that is bringing the county down to ruination.
As far as you say that most of what I say is "stupid",well that is your opinion of which you are entitled to and I will not hold that against you for I know my own heart and I stand firm by my convictions of the things that I feel very strongly about no matter how bad I get condemned for it.
Workingal

Daniels, WV

#10 Oct 16, 2012
I moved here when I got married. It is beautiful but so far behind the times. Most accept 'this is how it is when you live in the country.' I like it here but I am forced to do business in other counties which is inconvenient. I try to shop here but I drive elsewhere for healthcare, vet care, car care, etc. There is no competition here. Businesses just don't survive. I hope Walmart stays, it's all we have. There is no dining out for special occasions, just fast food. I have met some of the best people here. The people are what make McDowell county, not it's problems. Other people have no options here, I feel sorry for them.

Since: Aug 10

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#11 Oct 16, 2012
Gary Coaldigger wrote:
<quoted text>
When it comes to McDowell County,believe it or not,I do care.
II may come on as possibly being too much negative but nevertheless I do mean well.
McDowell Co. has got some really bad problems and turning a blind eye,pretending that the problems don't exist or thinking that the problems in the county will eventually go away on its own will not solve them nor keeping the same ones in the offices of the county will either.
I'm not ashamed of where I grew up in but its a shame how McDowell Co. has turned out.
Its not just the corruption in the county offices its other things too that is bringing the county down to ruination.
As far as you say that most of what I say is "stupid",well that is your opinion of which you are entitled to and I will not hold that against you for I know my own heart and I stand firm by my convictions of the things that I feel very strongly about no matter how bad I get condemned for it.
The person that posted that, meant that most other posts are stupid, not yours. I know that to be true since she works for me, she meant nothing mean towards you. Just wanted to clear that up so you wouldn't think someone was being rude. She repects your posts.
Non-Union Coal

Princeton, WV

#12 Oct 16, 2012
Gary Coaldigger wrote:
The only way to reconnect McDowell County is disconnect itself from the Good Ole' Boys Regime but since the county is so far gone in depopulation,corruption and lawlessness and there are those within the county who wants to keep it that way then a recovery is unlikely,
Blame the U-M-W-A for the downfall of the County.
McDowell County

Princeton, WV

#13 Oct 16, 2012
TJ J wrote:
UNtil we get some new blood in our offices, nothing will change! I agree with Gary Coaldigger you hit the nail on the head. I like what you say on topics, most of it is stupid. Some people just put us down and don't care one way or another.If you don't like our county MOVE!
Respect the comments of others.

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#14 Oct 16, 2012
Non-Union Coal wrote:
<quoted text>Blame the U-M-W-A for the downfall of the County.
That would be USS not UMWA and USS is only part of the problem.
You don't have leadership in the county because those who are in office there in the county are for only them selves and their friends.
They are not at all concerned of the restoration and the betterment of the county or it's future.
Coal Dust

Princeton, WV

#15 Oct 16, 2012
Gary Coaldigger wrote:
The only way to reconnect McDowell County is disconnect itself from the Good Ole' Boys Regime but since the county is so far gone in depopulation,corruption and lawlessness and there are those within the county who wants to keep it that way then a recovery is unlikely,
Keep it that way....That's True! They want to live off of others. The County and state will never recover.
Reconnecting

Clay, WV

#16 Oct 17, 2012
Reconnecting McDowell, Is A Joke.
hot momma

Oceana, WV

#17 Oct 17, 2012
Reconnect McDowell by building,complete the interstate!!!! There is hope with roads, without roads it is over!
Reconnecting McDowell

Clay, WV

#18 Oct 20, 2012
It will never come true.
County of McDowell

Clay, WV

#19 Oct 20, 2012
Ride around the County on a Sunday afternoon and see how bad the County looks.

I don't have to stay here. I still live in the County because the cost of living Is cheap.

The County needs a makeover. Real Bad!
Get Lost

Princeton, WV

#20 Oct 20, 2012
Gary Coaldigger wrote:
The only way to reconnect McDowell County is disconnect itself from the Good Ole' Boys Regime but since the county is so far gone in depopulation,corruption and lawlessness and there are those within the county who wants to keep it that way then a recovery is unlikely,
You dont live here. So shut the hell up. You didnt care when you did live here,So why would you care now? You have never worked,So why would you even care? Get lost! You worry about where you live and leave us alone. Worry about getting your SSI Check on the 1st.

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