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New Voices olltlnued from D~ 11 I) change are beginning to blow the ones who were silenced fenced, but by the grace of God, once more, not the stereotypi- mountain heritage who in a different direction. The decades ago, but by their chil" not I, and hopefully not you. All cal shiftless, lazy, ignorant, or stand tall and proclaim, "We old Appalachia, with its whole- dren and their grandchildren, over America, in every state, in poverty ridden people of mis- are Appalachian, born and some goodness, its steadfast- who see a wonderful, vitally the cities, insuburbs, on farms ness to traditions and Godli- important part of what made and ranches, in colleges and ness, love of family, hard work, America great vanishing. The factories, are those who have and honesty; these values are -values that made Appalachia this Appalachian heritage, that slowly once again becoming unique and great are the same more important than those of that made America great; they Hollywood. just hung around longer in a Those voices that have been si- "Place that Time Forgot." My fa- lent for so long are once again ther, his generation, and many being heard, not so much by before him may have been si- indomitable spirit that will not be beaten or silenced--We are the Appalachians. Like a gentle giant awakening from a long sleep, the spirit of Appalachia is stretching itself guided or misinformed report- ers and writers of the'post, but of a people with a deep and abiding faith in God, states- men and craftsmen alike who believe you don't just fix some- thing, but you make it right to begin with, fathers and moth- ers and children, who once again are proud of their rural bred, a little different perhaps, and peculiar, as one writer of yesteryear wrote; but I think resilient and unique best de- scribe the Appalachian of to- day, a mixture of the old and the new, You can take'the Ap- palachian out of Appalachia, but you can't take the Appala- chia out of the Appalachian. !r ;r m J m m m :m r" U m ammmm m mm ., m m | m m w Jmmr llmm, f mmw Ir r WV's BEST VALUE IN INSURANCE Y WV Customers For 1960 .8 OAK HILL ERSVlLLE i F YOU N E ED HELP W, H WORKE COMP lmmance is !mCa providers and injurml here in West