Saturday, September 15, 2012

One person, One Voice, Makes a Difference

People often say that one vote doesn't really count.  I'm here to tell you it does.  One person can make a difference. One person who fails to allow apathy to color his view and chooses (yes, chooses) to say this must end can make a difference.

One man, Jay Leutze received a phone call from a fourteen year old girl who told him a mining company was gonna tear down Belview Mountain.  This was the towering peak above her home.  The people who lived there are 'mountain people' as they often prefer to be called.  They had a huge problem.  They were not city people, they had no power, no voice until Jay Leutze gave them one.  The people expected Jay who was not practicing law at the time, to stop the mining company from tearing down their mountain.  The mining company had several things the mountain people did not; money, power and political clout. 

This is the story of how the common people overcame big money/big business and saved their mountain. Stand Up that Mountain by Jay Leutze takes the reader to a remote corner of Appalachia. It gives the reader hope that when  people set their mind to righting something that is so wrong, others will listen.  Conservation groups flocked to help as soon as the story became news, but the work began with a simple phone call from a teenager who asked someone to get involved and make a difference. 

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