Today we are reminded of our families, our community members and the multitudes of our great society who contribute to our well-being each day by the labor of their minds and bodies.|
Much of West Virginia remains near the bottom in come, the ARC adding more counties to the worst distressed counties in the Appalachian, while Gov. Jim Justice and President Donald Trump proclaim a glowing economy.
We honor those in Calhoun County, most who work for sub-standard wages, most of whose benefits have diminished, many eliminated, because of the poor economy and those who drive a hundred miles or more a day "to make it."
Most of those blue-collar jobs which once offered opportunity in the region are gone, causing residents to drive even further for a job.
We honor their efforts to overcome the high cost of gasoline and energy and food prices that have dramatically jumped.
We are reminded of a basic belief that our society crumbles when government and the marketplace fail to offer the opportunity of meaningful work.
Further disturbing is the distribution of wealth in the USA, with about less than 5% holding about 99% of the wealth, and middle class income essentially stagnant since 1990, or before.
We honor those who do work.