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Lester: Ashamed of the people of Richwood

To start, I should concede: I’m highly ashamed of the residents of Richwood as an aggregate.

The 2016 flood was annihilating. Families lost their homes, some lost vehicles, and many lost their most valuable assets. My family was straightforwardly hit in the flood. My uncle, aunt, and their two young boys lost their home and everything that they buckled down to accomplish.

With everything that occurred, with all the damage done in the town, be that as it may, one event occurred that I’ll always remember.

I saw one community come together as an aggregate. With such devotion and drive brought upon by a number of individuals — residents of Richwood and former residents of Richwood — our town had the capacity to have its most notable tradition, the Cherry River Festival.

With that said, however, just when the people of Richwood thought they had pushed through one of the most difficult challenges this town has ever faced, they would soon be demonstrated otherwise. The people of Richwood were shown that the Nicholas County Board of Education, along with the ruling class in Summersville, WV, were against them, also.

Out of each structure that was harmed in the flood, the Board of Education focused on the centerpiece of Richwood: Richwood High School. There was nearly no damage done to the primary piece of the high school, which, also, stood a few feet above the ground.

With so little harm, for what reason would the Board of Education want to do a wonder such as this? In truth, a significant number of us don’t genuinely know or understand why, yet each and every part on the Board knows precisely why.

Is it conceivable that some members of the Board of Education are trying to get more and more money? Is it possible that the ruling class in Summersville is hoping to remain exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else? Or on the other hand perhaps, quite possibly, the ruling class in Summersville seeks to witness the downfall of Richwood? Who knows.

What I can be sure of is that, like the 2016 flood recuperation, the school consolidation endeavors provoked the people of Richwood to, by and by, set their disparities aside and meet up in solidarity; to battle against the ruling class in Summersville, which was a battle worth the fight. It was a battle we thought we had won, but clearly, it’s not over just yet.

Currently, the town of Richwood is confronting a considerably troublesome test: a criminal “investigation.” Is it an investigation worth worrying over, though? Conceivably, yet not likely. With everything taken into account, like most things that have recently happened in Richwood, this investigation stems from the ruling class in Summersville.

State Auditor McCuskey, who, coincidentally, is looking to either pursue a position to turn into the state’s Attorney General in 2020 or for Governor in 2024, mightly negated himself amid the dramatic press conference he held a week ago at the Richwood City Hall.

At first, he said that our high school will be back in Richwood, in spite of the fact that it might take a couple of more years. Later on, nonetheless, he said that he’s “not certain if Richwood even has the water intake needed to supply a whole school.” So, Auditor McCuskey, which one is it? Without a doubt, it can’t be both.

Alongside the State Auditor was Nicholas County Prosecutor Sweeney. Presently, it’s barefaced that Prosecutor Sweeney is in no way, shape or form for Richwood; he’s not even by any means impartial about this situation. Sweeney is for Summersville, and he also has direct connections to the ruling class in Summersville.

Amid the press conference held a week ago at the City Hall, Sweeney was also caught in his very own falsehoods. When he was asked about some circumstances regarding the school consolidation efforts, he told a Richwood resident who was giving him difficult inquiries that he “will read any case report or evidence sent to him.”

But will he do just that? Probably not. Since, on the off chance that he did, at this point he would’ve addressed my email, alongside numerous others’, that was sent to him months prior.

To finish up, I should express that I’m ashamed of the people of Richwood.

I must ask the residents of Richwood this inquiry: Why have you let this get to you so effectively?

The ruling class in Summersville and the Nicholas County Board of Education has a plan to thump down the town of Richwood and step on it until it dies; that is only the monstrous truth.

The flood provoked residents of Richwood and previous residents of Richwood to come together as an aggregate. The ruling class in Summersville didn’t care for seeing that, in any case. Accordingly, they attempted to remove the centerpiece of Richwood, which happens to be our schools. However, once more, they saw the people of Richwood join together and battle a fight many thought couldn’t be won. Presently, out of the blue, two months before their “investigation” would be compelled to find some conclusion, they bring about a criminal investigation and spark a new conversation about school consolidation.

It’s apparent that the ruling class wants to see Richwood burn to ashes. Unfortunately, the people of Richwood is giving it a chance to occur. Let me know: Do you really trust that Prosecutor Sweeney wants what’s best for Richwood? Because I don’t trust that for one moment. Like the remainder of the ruling class in Summersville, Sweeney likewise wants to see our town bite the dust.

As an invitation to take action, I wholeheartedly solicit the people of Richwood to reexamine their contemplations about this situation. Regardless of your disparities, put them aside, and by and by, join as one element and work to vanquish the ruling class in Summersville and the Nicholas County Board of Education.

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Jharad K. McClung-Lester

Jharad K. McClung Lester is the founder of The Richwood Leader. He's a bi-weekly columnist at the Rogue Review, and has words published in the Charleston Gazette, Lone Conservative, and FlipSide News.
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