"Then, with everything in place, the word was sent out to the poor: Come to classes because they are good for you . . . Everything will be different for you from now on."
Little changed, the senator's wife told Philip Elliott of The Associated Press.
"Their heart was in the right place, and they came in with the grants and instituted these programs," she said. "Everything was fine for six months and they went away and the program died."
Those are lessons learned.
State taxpayers have an obligation to provide good schools for children. It's in the state constitution and the heart of every West Virginian.
What is needed in a community is the same thing needed in a healthy individual: a purpose in life.
Decades ago, coal provided that. Now there's very little economic base to work from.
If community leaders can't find new industries and new purposes, the helpful architecture that well-meaning people put in place will not, in the end, be sustainable.