From Leonard C. McIe
My letter is concerning Almost Heaven Wild and Wonderful West “By God” Virginia and the politicians and coal companies and gas well drillers versus the hillbillies and property owners and tourists.
What state is it? What is West Virginia heritage? I reckon we could change the Mountain States nick name into Home of the Sludge Pits and Coal Slurry Falls and blow up Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks and then buy a share into Mount Rushmore and change our state song into the Mud Turtle Crawl and our state flower into the Wild Weed Derrick Blossoms. And then when all them Texas and Oklahoman’s come from out west to see their teams play the Mountaineers they could all sing the Pretty Politicians Blues and do the Mud Turtle Crawl.
Daddy, will you take me back home down country roads to where paradise was before Mrs. Peabody and those businesses came and took it all away? Where now the mud turtles they do crawl and the hillbillies sing the Pretty Politicians Blues and the Wild Weed Derrick Blossoms bloom? Just let me swim in them coal slurry pits and get some more of Mother Mae Bells hillbilly gas.
At least we can all sell our shares of almost heaven to rich millionaires from Florida and California, and maybe they use it to deposit their sewage from their sewage plants and then the coal and gas industries will have a healthy environment to mine coal and drill their gas wells, and the pretty politicians will have a kingdom paradise to play in.
Leonard C. McIe
French Creek, W.Va.