Reading, Writing, Route 23 by attorney Adkins

Dear Editor,

I was born in Letcher County in Southeast Kentucky, in the old company town of Jenkins on the border with Virginia. My grandfather (he died of black lung) and his brothers were coal miners who lived and raised their families in coal camp houses without indoor plumbing, shopped at the company stores and had to grow their own food to survive. My own family left Eastern Kentucky in 1963 so my father could find work.

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