Doug Baird is an artist and writer living in Lansing, New York, who believes that both art and humor have transcendent properties.
His wide work experience has seen him travel both within one corporation from the warehouse to corporate finance and product development, and in a variety of commercial art jobs as a printer, illustrator, art director and creative director.
Doug is project leader for the Idea Enhancement Project, a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, exploring the use of art as a practical tool for increasing innovative and creative thinking. IdeaEnhancement.org
His blog, Rural Tompkins County — The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials, investigates elitist policy making in New York, and its effect on the rural community.
He is the author of two poetry collections: As a Poet, I have a Confession and Please Take Care when You Utter a Curse, and a recently published picture book: You Know You Live near a Factory Farm When Your Kids Go Fishing with a Pool Skimmer.
Representative artworks can be viewed at DougBairdArt.com
Doug does not use cell phones or social media in order to spend more time on creative projects, and in pubs.
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.