The Herald-Leader had two great pieces today about Kentuckians who are accepting and adapting. All quotes from the Herald-Leader.
The Sustainable Berea folks are trying to get the local government to understand that feeding ourselves is pretty important.
“It would be one little, tiny way that we would be a little more self-sufficient,” Katie Startzman said. She began a “Berea Chicken Brigade” Web site and used social-networking Web sites Facebook and Twitter to enlist support for the cause.
Of course that runs square against defenders of suburbia, where dependence is key. For if there was no dependence, how would “developers” and “corporations” make any money. “Would you buy a house next door to a bunch of chickens?” Berea developer Mary Eipert asked. “I think we have a right to expect to not live next to farm animals when you buy property in the city.”
Yeah, cause food don’t come from cities – it comes from grease pits and warehouses out on the strip! I’m a dumbass.
Council member Ronnie Terrill said he is beginning to get calls about chickens, and those calls tend to be “on the negative side.” Yeah, cause no one wants to be forced to confront reality in their own neighborhoods.
Berea resident Nancie Trimm (perhaps a Tea Party member during the day who otherwise hates the govment?) wondered who would enforce an ordinance. “Who is going to police this? That’s my question,” Trimm said. “I mean, that’s why you live in the city, so you don’t have to put up with stuff like that.” Yeah, like people trying to figure out how to keep someone like her fed.
Good for Sustainable Berea. Within just a few years a debate like this will seem stupid, as we all seek to keep ourselves feed. Read it here: http://www.kentucky.com/latest_news/story/1140814.html
The other piece is a commentary by Henry Riekert,a shepherd, former Herald-Leader contributing columnist and a former chairperson of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.
Henry points out the benefits of going to renewable energy as opposed to our current strategy of wars and pollution.
Of course, that runs square against the defenders of the status quo. Henry clearly explains the coal industry’s strategy is to “dehumanize the opposition in a deliberate attempt to incite violence against opponents. Activists are now ‘jihadists’ and science is the jihadists’ ‘religion.”
In opposition to this, Henry’s humanity spills out: “Wow, and I thought we were simply citizens participating in a democracy. Science took us to the moon, cures the sick child and gives us a glimpse at tomorrow. “
He writes: “Ironically, it used to be coal miners who were dehumanized, beaten and shot by the coal bosses. Union members were communists, puppets of Stalin. Now, advocates of a clean, lasting technology — one that won’t threaten extinction but will create millions of new jobs — are brothers with Osama bin Laden.”
His concluding question is dead on: “Who do you think is telling the truth?”
His words are powerful. Read them here: http://www.kentucky.com/589/story/1140145.html