, Corbin, KY


February 18, 2009

Poverty is not unique to Appalachia

Shirley Caudill


None of them married their relatives or lived on welfare.

Some of them went into real estate and other business ventures that require common sense and public speaking. Others went into the military and came out and got an education. Many of them have their own businesses and are successful in all their endeavors. They all have lovely homes in cities across America.

Nobody should make a blanket statement about the people of Appalachia! That is ludicrous and absolutely absurd! It really gets under my skin when the television cameras come to these mountains and only show slum areas, which exist all over the world.

I know. I’ve been there!

And I have seen so many intelligent, kind, generous people who have become quite wealthy in their own right in Appalachia.

I’m not going to hold my breath and wait until the television cameras come and spotlight those people.

Shirley Caudill of London is a former newspaper editor/publisher and longtime freelance columnist. She is a Nashville native who has lived in Kentucky 40 years. She has six children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and is married to a retired Army First Sergeant. She can be reached at

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