Editor, the Times:
I have been a local resident of Pendleton County for more than 50 years. I have seen many people come and go and many businesses open or close.
Never in my lifetime would I have thought I would have seen the world of changes like I have over the last 20 years. Is the year 2022 in a downward spiral? Everyone is in a time of struggle, need, fear and anger.
I know many won’t agree with me, or they will have some kind of comment of their own. That is fine. All of us are entitled to base our opinions on what we believe.
As for myself, I put my faith in God that He will walk us through the times we endure now. But, with this being said, God still expects us to walk too—meaning, we can’t do this by ourselves. We are responsible for how we plan to get through the hard times. This is just the beginning of what’s to come.
I am a business owner and along with all the businesses in the area, the struggles are real. Many of us as a local community rely on these businesses for jobs. I’m a fighter and I don’t want to have to close my doors. I’m sure that most of the rest of the business owners would agree.
This needs to be the time that friends, community or just acquaintances in Pendleton County, West Virginia, come together. I don’t want to see a ghost town.
As one part of a whole, I ask that everyone please help support your local businesses so they don’t have to close their doors or down size on the jobs that they provide.