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To the editor:
Coal is one of Kentucky’s greatest natural resources and losing over 1000 jobs in Eastern Kentucky is devastating.
We must determine how we can bring renewable energy sources to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and keep the revenues generated from these resources in our region. We must become the makers of our own destiny and stop relying on government and industry to determine our future.
There has never been a time where our community needed us so desperately.
This immediate economic loss presents the opportunity to join energy companies, city and state governments and educational leadership together to help.
We have the ability to make a difference in this region but it also requires a personal commitment to make this happen.
Initiatives to institute industrialized hemp within the commonwealth exist.
We have the chance to bring eastern and western Kentucky together in an alliance with such a managed market to create jobs and benefit the overall economy in our state.
There is a need for education in eastern Kentucky, to bring hope to this region that fights so many battles without considering the loss of jobs. There is a need for financial aid and relief from utility companies for this region would be epic.
There is a need to take control of our future. What will it take to overcome stigmas associated with certain crop production and see the big picture?