I've still spent much of my life in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, the anthracite area of Wyoming Valley,
which was settled around the time of the Revolutionary War. When I left in 1994, not only had the coal industry died, but
the mill industry was dying. The area has since lost several percentages of its population. Retired persons are dying with
no replacement. My generation has mostly left, so the schools are combining because of the lack of children.
good things about the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area:
Fairly good health care
Low crime rate
Many fine schools
Strong work ethic
The bad thing about the Wyoming Valley
Employers demand cheap labor
won't even consider anyone with my degrees
I aim to become middle class.