There are days when I feel like so many of my peers—West Virginia is a lost cause. When we make the news, it’s rarely for anything that I’m proud to be identified with. Whether it’s a representative that alluded to drowning his children if they were homosexual, or whether our legislators sell our water for their own prosperity, I don’t know how much longer I can hold my breath waiting for a white horse to save our mountains from the same old politics that continue to push West Virginia farther behind as the world moves on without us. And, make no mistake, they will leave us behind. Continue reading Country Roads, Keep Me Home
We are living in a society that assumes we are lazy, poorly educated, and entitled. That I need welfare and safety net programs because I don’t want to work, or I’m too senseless to seek a job that pays more, or worse—I expect everything provided without the effort. Of my working years, I’ve spent more time working more than one job than I have just one job. Before I had my first son, I worked 3. I helped manage a gas station, I was a home health aide for a terminally ill elderly woman, and I often worked shifts at other gas stations for the chain. During that time, I worked an average of 112-120 hours per week. Continue reading Being Millenial: The Struggle of Being Hard-Working, Educated, and Skilled in a Society that Assumes You Aren’t
My ability to serve should never be determined by my gender identity. America is a place where anyone desiring to serve their country can do so and is encouraged to. When did that change?
Writers Note: I met Jasmyn King years ago through her work at Later Gator restaurant in Wheeling – I immediately admired her spirit and energy. Jasmyn’s story is nothing short of inspiring. She has worked hard to overcome many challenges all without losing her optimism and sense of humor. She is known at Later Gator … Continue reading Jasmyn King: Poverty in Perspective
“Experiencing poverty has made me a very humble person. I know what it’s like to be at rock bottom and will never forget what that felt like. It humbles you and keeps you in check with what other people’s realities may be.” Continue reading Kasie Chastain: Poverty in Perspective
I spoke with Austin about his experience using public assistance and what he would like to see in his future. Here are his thoughts. What do you believe would help people in poverty overcome economic challenges? “People in Poverty need more resources, especially people like myself with high functioning autism. I want to unlock my … Continue reading Austin A. Poverty in Perspective.