I would like to respond to the letter from Major Ojeda about all the things he likes about Logan County. This is from a man who has spent most of his life away from Logan County.
Major Ojeda has had a very successful military career and he can be very proud of it, but to come home once a year and tell us how good we have it here in Logan County ... I think maybe he should remember his success didn't happen in Logan County, it happened when he got the hell out of here.
When I graduated from Man High School in 1955, there were no jobs and, like Ojeda, I was in the 82nd Airborne for three years. But unlike Ojeda who choose the military, I came back to his beloved Logan County and there still weren't any jobs.
Yes, we still had those great cheeseburgers at Morrison's Drive Inn and Cliffside Drive Inn, but no jobs. We also had the same politicians in the courthouse and Charleston — and still do!
With respect to your rank, Major Ojeda, Logan County has not changed since you left 21 years ago and, if you are gone 21 more, it still will be the same.
You should be glad you left here for a successful career, if you stayed in your beloved Logan County, you would be like most of us — broken down backs and health gone and having any benefit denied by crooked lawyers and politicians. You made a smart choice.
Major Ojeda, I wish I had made the same choice myself. But I missed my chance for success many years ago when I crawled in that first coal mine.
So I guess I am stuck in your beloved Logan County... eating Morrison's cheeseburgers and Nu Era donuts. You didn't mention the new Wendy's in Logan, but I just can't get used to square hamburgers.
Airborne All The Way!
James D. Kilgore