My Mountain Lion class celebrated its 50-year reunion this summer. We 68- and 69-year-olds know how fortunate we were to have been raised in the Kanawha Valley, especially in that '50s and '60s time frame. We were lucky to have had positive experiences, committed educators, teachers, coaches, sponsors, administrators and a solid community.
The generation who raised us in the vanguard of the Baby Boomers has mostly passed. But its members in my hometown were able to take quiet pride in the roles they played in our futures.
I'm sure that those who grew up in the area before and after my peers and I have similar feelings of gratitude for Charleston and their adult role models. Thanks for letting me say thanks in this old fashioned way.
Home is damaged without compensation
I am a Boone County resident living near a strip mine whose house has been destroyed due to blasting. I have spoken to several attorneys and have wasted years waiting for results and questions as to who will be responsible for the $70,000 damage taken about a year ago.
My question is why is it that nobody cares about residents living near coal mines. Our houses are being destroyed by the blasting and rattling and no one wants to tackle the battle of fighting the coal company that is destroying our property. We have pictures of our house before and after the blasting, indicating the damages. Where is fairness when a coal company can make millions of dollars destroying the mountains, which I can't do a thing about; however destroying my property is my loss. Where are the West Virginia politicians who furnish permits to the coal mines? Is there anyone who has had the same problems and gotten resolutions?
Can anyone help me solve the problems with my property damage, other than saying relocate without providing funds for the hard-earned money invested in my property, as I have lived at the same location for 29 years?