Noted poet, essayist and novelist Wendell Berry was on hand again this year, but he said he doesn’t expect much response by Kentucky’s elected officials.
He said he’s been protesting surface mining and the effects on the land since 1964 but not much has changed.
“It has been hopeless so far,” Berry said of his decades’ long fight against strip mining. He noted the efforts by Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers to reinvigorate the economy of eastern Kentucky – an economy that has relied for decades almost exclusively on the coal industry.
“But it is futile to try to do something for people while you let the land be destroyed beneath their feet,” Berry said.
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