“Cornithaca County” is a fictitious name for a real future. The first part of this book will contain stories, games, jokes, and activities that dissect the actions and intent of elitist policy making in the county. The second part will document actual incidents and issues that raise questions about the conduct of those who have been entrusted with the welfare of the public at large. At the end of the book, I will present a powerful circumstantial case — and a chilling denouement.
My bio should to start here:
“Early Sunday morning, June 4, 2017, I was sicker than I had ever been before. Too sick to even bend over, as I vomited all over the toilet, myself, and the bathroom floor — and I didn’t even care.”
This was the aftermath of being engulfed in a cloud of Roundup from a giant agricultural sprayer while I was mowing my lawn the previous afternoon.
The incident motivated me to write “You Know You Live near a Factory Farm When Your Kids Go Fishing with a Pool Skimmer” — a picture book with large print and cautionary captions. “Family Farm Fun” is the second book in the Factory Farm series.
At this same time I grew increasingly aware of the treatment that the rural community in the town was receiving, and began my blog on elitist policy making: Rural Tompkins County — The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.
As for right now, what should I do next?
I think I’ll go to my favorite pub. Maybe there’s someone there who hasn’t heard my story.
My brother says, “Good luck with that!”
In Cornithaca County there were two very different towns. The rural town wanted to bring in a gas line so that businesses could locate there and help shore up their town’s dwindling tax base. But the County Legislature, most of whom lived in the other town, cried that this would be destructive to the environment, and even went to the state capitol so that it was prevented. • Then the other town, a University Town where most of the County Legislature lived, approved a project that included a three-quarters of a million square foot, 2,000 bed student dormitory powered by natural gas and would require 26 acres of disturbed land. The County Legislature was silent. •• It’s not what you do, it’s who you are. And who you know. ••• Pure Cornithaca County.