Thursday, May 16, 2013
We are getting older and yes we are losing our hearing, teeth, eyesight, memory, religion and maybe it’s time to relinquish any supposed wisdom or special honor just because we’ve lived long enough to fall apart.
Or are we really as epic as we think we are?
Yeah, kinda. Carroll County citizens, with precious little support from state media or state legislators, have taken the steer by the longhorns on this SWEPCO deal. People in our county have written thousands, maybe billions, of letters and emails to anyone they can think of in “authority,” meaning the public service commission, politicians, electric company executives and each other.
The people we live around, even if we don’t know them, have become friends who feel they are part of a justified movement. And they are.
Just in our little office we have had preachers who normally wouldn’t give us the time of day walk in with genuine concern mapped all over their faces. Cops have called. Insurance adjustors have sent emails. Realtors, retirees, scientists, veterans and veterinarians, have banded together in a mass of awe and anger that their dreams of harmony and health could be compromised by very few wealthy people who want to make a lot more money without taking any risk.
It reminds us of when Dow Chemical and Monsanto produced Agent Orange to be loaded into B-52s and helicopters and sprayed on rich agricultural land, innocent farmers, moms and retirees and scientists and veterinarians in a small country that was never a threat to this one.
Lots of stockholders got really rich. Lots of people got really dead.
The high voltage transmission line proposed through our county, or any county, is a health hazard to all we know and love. We are told the line will stretch across and up-and-down our country in preparation of anticipated needs. We are told that as consumers of electricity, we will get to pay for these steel tumors.
Wonder what it will cost to build the clinics to deal with our anticipated health issues?
We all know that in order to take care of a population, people need to be fed and educated. Nowhere were we taught that in order for a population to thrive, it must have a few people who make loads of investment money at the expense of others. Nowhere were we taught that in order for a civilization to flourish, we should obey corporate edicts.
Electric companies are not in business to give the world light and music. We can do that on our own. They are in business to fatten portfolios, they just happen to be selling electricity. Is there anyone big enough to stop them from telling us to line up and behave and send them a bit more money whenever they get good and ready for some?
Maybe so, maybe so. It’s because of the people in Carroll, Benton and Washington Counties having a wall-eyed fit over a company insisting it has every right to shoplift our land for its pleasure. A company that hasn’t done its homework well enough to answer our questions. A company that really doesn’t give a hoot what we think about bullfrogs and kids and views and souls.
We do what we can on a local level to make things better. We recycle, conserve and protect water, grow food, loan equipment, sharpen pencils, share Margaritas and think ARKANSAS – YARD SALE STATE should be on our license plates.
We might be losing our hearing and teeth, but if we want the Ozarks to know how much we love them, there’s enough of us left to protect them.
Or we could leave the young’uns with the spoils of error.
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