Presentation to Bristol City Council

Sent to the Bristol Herald Courier

Dear Editor,  

Appalachia is the poorest region in the United States, having the lowest incomes, lowest salaries, lowest literacy rate, poorest health, lowest doctor to patient ratio, and least access to health care of any area in the United States.  

In light of this fact, our local governments should be doing all they can to promote the health and welfare of our disadvantaged population.  Instead, they repeatedly and continuously take adverse actions, which victimize, afflict, and oppress our area's very poorest citizens.

Some egregious examples of this include, but are not limited to, the following:

Of course, the poor, disabled, elderly, those on fixed incomes, those with minor children, and those working for minimum wage are the most severely afflicted by this rate hike, for many of them must choose between food and electricity, or paying rent or electricity.   How many families already below the poverty line will fall into desperation and destitution because of these actions?  How many thrown on the welfare system?  How many will be driven to crime?  How many children will be rendered homeless?  How many sick, poor elderly will die of pneumonia from living in unheated homes this winter?  

My question is, who benefits from these outrageous actions, which lower the standard of living and quality of life of every citizen on the Virginia side?  Is it the powerful, wealthy members of the Bristol City Council?  How about the august personages on the Washington County Board of Supervisors?  

Lilli Buck
Bristol, VA.