Mountaintops Removed, Family Plots Left. Sort of.

The rate of mountaintop removal mining may have slowed in the U.S., but the practice is still encroaching on many Appalachian communities.

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And some say Mountaintop Removal runs roughshod over human community and well-being? Well just look at this example of honoring the dead. The article does not say if the mining company provides ladders for graveside services.

This makes me a little queasy. The Mortuary of Mordor.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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