I was in coal country just now, and my employer, apparently put off by the outrageous cost of a Holiday Inn Express (best free breakfast of any national chain) put me up at a dingy “resort” or conference center.
Some kind of meeting of social workers and similar professions was being held. The people in the restaurant had that vibe about them……. A little above average intelligence, well-fed and satisfied with themselves. I picked up some local business magazine and it’s all about “developing” the area. Lots of stuff about law firms, agencies, NGOs, quangos.
I don’t know what’s to be done for the hill people. But I can see it’s a big business pretending to do something for them, while doing nothing for them. I think Wheeler deals with these people all the time, not just the church folks, and I can sense the reason for his overwhelming disgust.