I choose to stay in West Virginia because it is home. Home is where the heart is, and my heart is here with my family. But as much as I love it here, it can feel like the American dream is gone in southern West Virginia. Williamson, Wayne, Matewan, Delbarton, Welch. These are all coal impacted towns. These towns have gone downhill for years now. Even when mines are running great, the money isn’t coming here. Coal-mining is good for some families, but it is not changing things. We’ve had all our eggs in the coal basket for too long. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Our mind-set needs to change. We need more options, more opportunity.