Well, I didn't read all of your novel there. You must have a lot of time on your hands. Anyway, I wasn't denying that there is a poverty problem or a drug problem in America..I'm saying they shouldn't act like it doesn't go on any where else. And I have never laughed at anyone for being poor because I grew up poor and still am to a certain degree..but, most of Kentucky isn't that poor like they showed..I know you know that..they found the worst conditions possible to put on T.V. for the rest of America to laugh at..so they can get the ratings they want.
my god lady how old are u i grew up a coal miners son and we never had to grow our own veg. or hunt for meat we did that to have something to do because even in the 80's to early 90's my dad was knockin down a 100 grand a year workin for the same man interviewed on this disgusting documentary that was just showing peoples choices not facts. and my father at the age of 40 was diagnosed with third stage black lung,which is classified as a terminal disease and if u think obama is going to save us think again just like any other politician he to is full of crap
I'll choose to ignore your childish dig at me about what kind of time I have on my hands, but I will let you know that I am very passionate about this subject and have been for a very long time. Far long before this episode of 20/20 ever aired. So if I'm "long winded" it's because I'm passionate about it.
I'm so passionate about it that I know "they" aren't acting like poverty does not go on anywhere else in the world. In fact, I'm on the other foot. I've been frustrated for years about it. I've always felt like "they" focus on the poverty anywhere else in the world/United States except Appalachia. Everytime I see something about gangs, hungry children in Africa, people who feel stuck in the ghettos and how people are trying to help them or people brain storming about ways to help kids get out of gangs, off the streets and that sort of thing...I've always felt kind of bitter and jealous in a way. I always wondered, "Is there anyone out there who knows what's going on in Appalachia? And if they do, do they not care?" I always wondered when it was going to be our turn. So when I heard about this episode of 20/20...I cried. I cried tears of joy. Finally! Finally someone was going to expose the truth! Maybe now there could be some hope for some of the poor children I know TODAY who are living in shacks, no running water, no electrcity and up until very recently no education.
No, not everyone in eastern Ky are living in poverty. I can only speak of the areas I lived in. But I know for a fact that plenty of people live "like they showed". And it is my hope and wish that those people will no longer be ignored. People in that area who are not living that way and are angry over this 20/20 episode need to get off their high horse and consider for a moment that it's not about them, but about those who want the situation to be exposed...who are desperate for help.
And if I was ever given the opportunity to have the stage Diane had to show the truth, I can assure you it won't be for ratings.If I'm ever able to bring some kind of aid to my people back home, it won't be to line my own pockets.
Those "worst conditions possible" was every day for me living in Leslie Co. Very, very common. And sad.
I certainly agree with you that all politicians are full of crap.
Good for your father. I wish it had been the same for mine. But it wasn't. Not even close. Except maybe the third stage black lung part. I've seen his medical records and he has a diagnosis code on them that says he has black lung/coal miner's lung. He and my mother barely make it month to month.
Anyway...good for you. I'm happy for you. But just because it was good for you does not mean it was the same for me and my family or many others living there.
How does the kid afford to have a truck and a cell phone yet he has to go dig coal on the side of the mountain illegally so his family won't freeze to death?
So many questions...and answers that would only offend further.
The digs you really don't deserve but you are completely ignorant. Meaning know nothing of what you are talking about. I work for an local ambulance service and I have been from one end to other of Eastern Kentucky, up every holler and there aren't that many people living the way they showed on 20/20. Furthermore, I absolutly do not feel sorry for these people. It is real simple, start with some self pride...they should go out in there yards and pick up the garbage first so they don't look like such low lives, then take the hundreds of dollars that I pay taxes for so they can get their welfare checks, they should take it to go get some soap or maybe new clothes so that they can get a job. Jobs are out their they don't want them. They want to sit at home and draws the welfare check and the foodstamps. Do you not understand that these people don't want help. Screw them!!!!! Better yet if they want to come back and do a story on the middle class people that work their #### off just to have a nice home, nice cars, and the things their kids ask for and get some help so that we can afford to take a break and maybe take a nice vacation or just take a load off us and this goes for all over the country. These low lives that have never worked a day in their lives who have never paid in taxes get more of a tax refund then I do and I pay in thousands each and every year. If the government gave these bums anymore help then what they do now the would take that and also go buy drugs, alcohol, or go play bingo.