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Bill O’Reilly doesn’t see the real Appalachia

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CLYDE HATTON —

CLYDE HATTON — “Everyone asks about my husband, Clyde Hatton,” says Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton. “This is him eating ice cream at our Hatton family Christmas party in 2008.”

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.

I attended a real nice household shower given for Jared Carroll and Kristin Redman of Louisville. Jared is the son of Sandy and Larry Carroll and grandson of Kathleen Brock and the late Wayne Miles. They got lots of nice gifts and all of us had great food and a good time.

I got a call from another Marlowe girl, Nadine (Raleigh) Craft the other night. She asked about a lot of people that she reads about in The Eagle and wanted me to tell Aggie Hatton hello for her, so hello, Aggie.

Sandra and Billy Hatton went on a cruise. They were coming home on Sunday. I told him they might as well stay there, we can’t use our water again. Before that it was our power. We’ve had to go back to our old ways again, so we know how. I hope they get the water problem fixed soon. We will appreciate getting back to normal, whatever that is.

Did you enjoy Bill O’Reilly, the Fox news commentator, about Appalachia? I sure didn’t like it and no one I’ve talked to did either.

WEDDING — Jim Cornett of Burnside, and the late Kathleen Stidham are pictured 'getting married' at a young age.

WEDDING — Jim Cornett of Burnside, and the late Kathleen Stidham are pictured ‘getting married’ at a young age. “I wonder if his wife knew about this former marriage,” says Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton.

I’ve lived my whole life, 78 years, in Appalachia and loved it and never wanted to leave. I wouldn’t have married anyone that would make me leave.

The mother, the late Cindy Howard, married my dad, the late Bill Howard, when she was a young teenager. They had 14 children and I was the first. My dad always worked and my mom did everything, washed clothes, ironed, cleaned house, milked cows, fed pigs and chickens, and still cared for us kids. We never went hungry and always had clean clothes and we were never on welfare. When the kids got old enough, we all got jobs. The boys would chop wood, pick berries, deliver newspapers. We all went to school and never got on drugs.

I worked until I got married and I had four sons, who went to school. Three went to college and two went into the Army. They all married local girls and they all made a good living for their family. They never went on welfare either.

MARLOWE REUNION — The late Bill Howard, father of Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton, is pictured at a Marlowe reunion in the 1980s. He was born on March 9, 1907 and would have been 102 years old this year. With him is 'the love of his life', his wife, the late Cindy Howard. In the background is the late John Brown of Dry Fork.

MARLOWE REUNION — The late Bill Howard, father of Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton, is pictured at a Marlowe reunion in the 1980s. He was born on March 9, 1907 and would have been 102 years old this year. With him is ‘the love of his life’, his wife, the late Cindy Howard. In the background is the late John Brown of Dry Fork.

I have 10 grandchildren; two are lawyers, one is a doctor, one is a registered nurse, one is a counselor, one is an accountant, one is a teacher, one owns a heating and cooling business, one is in medical school, and one works for a trucking company.

Does that sound like all the people in Appalachia are ignorant and hopeless? Ours is just one story. In the coal camp we lived in there were many successful stories. The kids all turned out well.

I guess where the big shot Bill O’Reilly lived, there were never any bad things that happened. No drugs, no criminals, no kidnapping, no children molested, no robberies, no dirty crooked politicians, no ignorant or hopeless just good, decent, God-fearing people.

My dad was a preacher who didn’t preach for many, but we were taught good morals and good living.

I don’t think big cities can compare with what we have here. We had love.

I guess I’ll get off my soapbox now. May God bless all of you and also Bill O’Reilly. With his attitude he sure needs it!

Hope to see you in church.

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