In reply to the Daily Mail editorial on Apr. 12 "Should Possum Hollows always get top priority?" you wonder why West Virginia is behind every other state in the union - broad-minded people like you.
Thanks to Sens. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, and Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, for their efforts on behalf of the "hollow people."
I was very upset that editors think you need to live beside the Capitol to be eligible for basic services. We in the rural areas wait for every utility or upgrade. I have had broadband for two months.
Example: The derecho - we still had dialup, so without phone service we had neither. Cell phone service is not an option where I live, so we had no communication.
WSAZ offered lists of cooling centers online; we hollow people need them to be on live TV since we can't always get Internet service. I did not see a person from the Red Cross the whole 11 days we were without electric.
The one 100-degree day we looked for a cooling center; it was closed. We ended up with my 96-year-old mother in the ER. The electric was off for 11 days so we are not at the top of their list either.
The right of ways, which used to be cleaned every year, have not been touched for at least five years. Therefore trees were on the lines. You can keep your water lines; I have very good well water. We also do not have the advantage of a 7-Eleven a block away or a fire department two blocks away.
My nearest neighbor is 1/2 mile away. He cleared two trees off our road so we could get out. The Department of Highways showed up two days later.
I finally went to Ripley, 25 miles away, for gasoline to run our generator since there was no electric for pumps at the nearest filling stations 12 miles away.
The closest county or state police is 12 miles away, if they are there. They may be out on other runs. As Joe Biden eloquently put it, a 12-gauge shotgun is kept close by.
I thank Frontier for considering us hollow people as priority for a change. Maybe you urban people can wait for an upgrade for a change.
We'll still keep our gasoline and generators, bottled water, a stash of candles handy, a 12-gauge shotgun and two cans and a string to communicate with you.
M. Ellen Platt