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Old 02-18-2009, 07:26 AM
 
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For anybody who saw this special last friday night, what did you think of it? I felt really bad for Shawn Grim, the football player. I just could not understand how people there have money for cigs, alcohol, mountain dew and drugs, but they have no money for food. It was a sad show and makes that area look really bad
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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There's another thread on this going right now.

Who watched Diane Sawyer show on Appalachia poverty?
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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also a thread going on the Kentucky forum
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:35 AM
 
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For anybody who saw this special last friday night, what did you think of it? I felt really bad for Shawn Grim, the football player. I just could not understand how people there have money for cigs, alcohol, mountain dew and drugs, but they have no money for food. It was a sad show and makes that area look really bad
I thought the show was riveting! (I appreciate a good documentary)
I wondered why someone from the community or the producers wouldn't have jumped in to sponser Shawn??? I hear there is going to be an update show and I am so hoping to hear this young man gets a break!
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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My parents watched it and said that the area hadn't changed at all since my Dad taught school for a time in nearby West Virginia in the early 1970s.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Fiji
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That documentary perpetuates the stereotype that us Kentuckians are a bunch of toothless, dumb hill-billies. They could have picked out any number of states that have similar issues of poverty.
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My husband and his family are originally from one of the Appalachian towns in the documentary. The same one that Shawn Grim is from.

My husbands parents pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, moved away from the area and made a wonderful life for themselves and their kids. No drugs or drinking and good educations for their children, etc...
They are a testament to the old saying that "where there is a will, there is a way."

The documentary is terribly sad to watch because of the little kids. As for their parents, I have little tolerance for those individuals who think selling drugs will give them a better life. Instead of taking their drug money to buy more drugs, why not use it to buy groceries. Weak willed, lazy people, IMO.
Wanting a better life requires the gumption to make it happen. I'm not very tolerant of folks who sit on their duff and complain about their lives yet do nothing to help themselves.
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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ABC Nightly News reported that the head of Pepsi will try to educate people not to over use their beverages.

She also said Pepsi was buying and donating a mobile dental lab to be used in that area.

There is one in use now where the dentist paid $150,000 of his own money for.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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That documentary perpetuates the stereotype that us Kentuckians are a bunch of toothless, dumb hill-billies. They could have picked out any number of states that have similar issues of poverty.

I agree with you.



That documentary did nothing but reinforce stereotypes of Appalachia.


They could have chosen Elkhart County,Indiana ground zero to the "Great Recession" 15.4% unemployed in Elkhart County
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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The appalachia and te delts are the two poorest regions in the country. Sawyer didn't come up woith this Ex-president clinton and bush 1 have been goig around treying to do something about these regions being negelcted. neglected because in the politics od poverty it has thew maasss majority of poverty in teh nation but get very little help. The urban cites the the vast majority. I guesss if these peole rioted they would egt the attention that urban cities got after the roits from fear. Its bascially about the uinfirnesss of the system reaslly. It shows trhat they unlike thier urban counterpsrts are getting the shortend of the stick and are people of pride and self reliance.Its the politucs fo the vote .
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