Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Appalachian lawyer story in today's New York Times

Here is the story of a young woman who grew up poor in Pike County, KY, then was taken in by a relatively well-to-do cousin, went off to Berea College, then UK law, then had a successful practice in a Lexington law firm, then moved back to Pike County.

It is very interesting and provocative, from several perspectives.

One point is certainly true: you don't see rich and poor side-by-side in such startling contrast in many places as can be seen in Pikeville. Years ago, I drove through there with my wife, and she was watching the scenery, and it occurred to her that there were alternating mansions and double-wides along the main road.

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