We don't disagree, a lot of the profits were used to diversify the holdings of the owners - they just weren't used to diversify HERE. Not much can be done about that, nor would I choose to do so, it's a free country.That may be somewhat true, but in the 70's if the coal boom money had been put back into the town and county instead of going to Abingdon and Florida we might not have had the problem of a dieing town in the first place. But it wasn't, so
if it takes being a college town to put some life back into the county and town Thank God for it.
We can't keep looking back, we need to look forward. I hope other business' come to the county but it takes time for anything to grow.
IF, just IF, we can finally get some diversity of businesses, some/more good restaurants, something of a more urban nightlife (not just places to drink, but maybe a theatre similar to Barter, a hotel along the lines of the Martha Washington Inn, etc.) we could draw and hold people who would enjoy living here and would help bring us out of our dependency on coal so much.