Thursday, August 08, 2013
First of all, thanks to those hardworking SWEPCO guys who show up in ice and snow and pouring rain to restore our power when it goes out. The logo on those orange signs and t-shirts isn’t aimed at you.
That said, is anyone tired of reading stories about SWEPCO yet? Closing in on some 145 mentions in stories, photos, captions and letters to the editor – just in the Independent alone – one has to wonder if coverage isn’t reaching overkill.
But wait, if your eyes glaze over every time you see “power line stretching from Shipe Road to …” or you start to think “Oh no, another story from a family whose land is going to be affected …” just take a breath and read on, because something amazing is happening here.
Local people are digging – poring over boring documents and reports, contacting sources and pointing out irregularities and errors made by the big boys who should have known better. Each one of those stories contains some new information. Bottom line is, we’ve turned into a town of crack-bang researchers and proven that knowledge is power.
But is this interesting at all to our readers who are not involved or even living in the area? Apparently. A reader in Seattle who happens to be an investigative reporter, and one in Washington, D.C. who happens to be chief editor for the Russian news service, RIA Novosti, both contacted us to say the Independent ought to be nominated for a Pulitzer for the SWEPCO coverage. Safe to say, they weren’t bored.
The SWEPCO issue has even gotten a few of us off our duffs to investigate solar and wind power in earnest and some have even offered to help local utilities work out a plan for the future, pointing out that SWEPCO’s 40 year strategy may be moot in time.
Which makes us wonder, by the way, how long big corporations can continue to assume they can proceed to make money by carrying on with business as usual forever when the entire world isn’t functioning “as usual” now?
Some folks may think Eureka Springs is stuck in a bubble in time, but reaction to the perceived power-line threat during the last few months proves there are forward-thinking folks out there who want to preserve the past as far as the legacy of fragile land is concerned and move into the future as far as finding ways to save the land and still support a livelihood.
This hasn’t been an ugly protest involving angry destruction of property and threats (though some thought that might happen, considering the police that were brought in from other towns to hang out in Eureka during the testimonies at the Inn of the Ozarks – just in case), but a peaceful counter of reasoning and well-researched and presented facts.
We will continue to report those facts and support the people who are making them available for you.
Which brings us to goose poop.
Apparently Parks has been dealing with this problem for the past 10 years. While some might appreciate hauling a locally killed and plucked goose out of the freezer for Christmas dinner, others prefer to see them on the wing in the wild.
We did a little research of our own and found out geese won’t stay where they can’t sleep. At foryourshore.com one can buy a beacon that will scare them off at night. That way, those who like seeing the geese could enjoy them at the far end of Lake Leatherwood instead of on the swimming beach. If Parks decides they don’t want them anywhere on the lake, multiple beacons would work.
A simple Google search also revealed other working, and some guaranteed, methods for ridding geese from ponds and shorelines without resorting to gunfire or poison.
Now that the community has turned its collective mind to solving a really, really big problem involving a giant corporation scarring our land, we can’t imagine not coming up with a ton of viable solutions for this little problem involving an innocent flock of birds who are only pooping on it.
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