, Corbin, KY


July 6, 2009

Corbin’s problems go beyond diversity

Corbin Times-Tribune editor Samantha Swindler’s “Beyond the Buzzwords” (weekend edition July 3-5) is an excellent multi-thousand-character-venting, to which any response won’t be given a sixth the page space. But, the editor has her privileges.

 Ms. Swindler, I appreciate your detrimental negativity, which is actually positive, and your recognition of Corbin Chamber of Commerce’s cyclical and costly trademark  of “planning to develop a plan.” And I don’t think you’re nuts for the traveling museum centered around the 1919 race riots idea, even though most Corbin citizens aren’t aware of their city’s tainted history.

But I don’t understand the motive for pushing diversity, either as a response to that history or any “white-guilt” you may be experiencing because of Corbin’s current demographics. Corbin’s race disproportion is a natural thing — unrelated to Corbin’s mindset, indeed the nation’s, in 1919.

 If you’re passionate about morphing Corbin into multiculturalism, then promote the area’s high welfare availability and downplay  its high crime rate. This marketing will draw the rainbow crowd you’re seeking which is disenfranchised to populate the area because our white trash segment has always  monopolized these categories.

Believe me, if sufficient reason for African Americans and others existed to attract them to Corbin, they wouldn’t hesitate to move here. They’re certainly not afraid of Corbin today.

The Moonbow Bus Line between Corbin and the falls is interesting but won’t grow Corbin. The moonbow is overrated, thus the reason that we don’t see a Pigeon Forge-like strip, boasting motels and gift shops, all centered around nothing more than quaint curiosity called a “moonbow.”

 It’s obvious that you love Corbin and seek growth by promoting the area. But you have to have something that’s naturally marketable to get the kind of return on investment needed to really help the area – the people.

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