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Posted by Lou Pilder on December 22, 2006, at 18:40:01

In reply to Re: Lou's response to aspects of this thread Lou Pilder, posted by madeline on December 21, 2006, at 6:26:13

> Thank you for your post Lou. I am from the mountains of NC and have a true love and respect for that area.
> I like the people there as I consider them to be very much me.
> You are absolutely right about the self-sufficiency and desire to simply be left alone in regards to the classical mountain person. We are mainly of scotch/irish decent and a deep mistrust of authority and "outsiders" as been passed from the original immigrants to the area.
> Our ancestors also gave us our accent that so many people view as a sign of ignorance, but if one listens to the scots and the irish you will hear the mountains.
> President Roosevelt did so much to open the area up to the rest of country, and my grandparents had a picture of roosevelt on their wall until they passed away (funny because they consistently voted republican after his terms were over.) But sometimes I wonder if the TVA did more harm than good, because it certainly opened the area to a lot of ridicule and pathos.
> The Appalachians have recovered somewhat from the environmental disasters of which you speak.
> There is a large river that flows through the town close to where I grew up. As a child the river actually stank and I was afraid of it. Now the river is clean and people kayak, raft (it actually has class 4 rapids) and swim in it.
> However the news is not all good, polluted rain is destroying Mt. Mitchell and other mountains of NC.
> Thank you again for your post and your quest to understand and not judge.
> Maddie
> Madeline,
You wrote,[...Thank you for your post Lou...]
Sorry, I have been behind on smileys
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