I’m Doug from the inside out, and these books are a part, but just a part, of me.
I’m very independent in thought and action, so a conventional appearance is restful, protective, and a little amusing.
I like and respect people with very different views from my own.
The Rural Social Justice thread in these books is the armature that gives structure to pieces intended to provoke, inspire and feed the reader’s thinking and imagination.
Few people will read them; but it only takes one to make all the difference.
I’m not passing a torch — I’m just holding the door.
July 31, 2020
Since all land grant agricultural colleges seem to send the same message, I’ll quote from the PennStateExtension article “Nitrates in Drinking Water”:
After throwing dust about the sources and severity of the methemoglobinemia or “blue-baby syndrome” problem, the article outlines possible types of remediation:
“With agricultural nitrate leaching, often you may have no control of the nitrate source.”
While banned from any access to municipal water, rural families have no protection under the law for their only source of drinking water — their wells.
Here are PSU’s well water treatment solutions:
“ion exchange can be expensive and requires maintenance”
“Reverse osmosis is expensive. Added to the equipment costs are the high energy costs for operation.”
“Distillation uses much energy and produces heat which taxes air conditioners in the summer months. Energy costs are about 30 cents per gallon produced.”
Since bottled water is also very expensive, PSU recommends that mixing it with the polluted well water to make it less toxic to drink will save money. However they admit that “blended water still may not be safe for infants.”
PSU ends their article by stating:
“Though nitrates concern many Pennsylvania residents, proper testing will confirm the problem and adequate treatment will eliminate it.”
How’s that for a slap in the face of poor rural families.