The military has a saying, “No one left behind.” This has served our nation well. However, there is a large governing body in our country that only selectively applies this in civilian life, for the most part hiding behind the words, “for the greater good.” When Reagan took office he abandoned the “War on Poverty,” saying that poverty had won. One of the few programs that survived was the Appalachian Regional Committee (ARC). Among its achievements was the construction of a parkway from the interstate to deep into the mountains of eastern Kentucky, opening up possibilities for the impoverished. Now, under the new proposed budget, ARC will be demolished. It didn’t meet the test. I’m just glad it wasn’t a soldier.
My name is Richard Biggs and I'm a writer. My latest book is about Jerry Allen LeQuire, a convicted drug kingpin, who rejected two offers from the CIA to work for them, and has been in a federal prison for over 30 years.