There is a stigma about poverty and those who suffer it. Some believe that the impoverished don’t try hard enough, that they would rather be lazy and not get ahead. Some people believe that they exist only for handouts and an easy life.
An easy life.
There’s nothing easy about barely getting by. There’s nothing easy about the stress that follows you when you worry about having enough money to feed your family and keep the lights on. There’s nothing easy about missing the sense of pride at the end of the workday.
Living in an area where there is a lack of good paying jobs is not easy. You can’t simply make a job appear. You can’t simply pick up and move to where the jobs are if you don’t have any money, or if you have deep ties to the land.
Appalachia has thousands of willing souls, but the problem is that the landscape isn’t the most attractive to employers. There are several reasons that make it less attractive, including the lack of infrastructure in place. It’s much easier and much more profitable for a business to move in without having to supply the waterlines, power, or the roadways. Not to say that Appalachia doesn’t have these things, but in some areas, there is a lack of sufficient amount or quality.
We’re going to take a look at jobs during the month of March. You will read stories of hope and success along with ideas on what can be done to increase the number of good paying jobs so that families don’t have to struggle and can have the life that we all dream about.
We hope to start a conversation on the need of jobs and what can be done to help Appalachia. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.