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.
In New York State, as in many others, state and local government doesn’t attack the source of agricultural pollution, they attack the source of the complaint.
If residents on and around the lakes are outraged at the situation, authorities gather “feedback,” and then exclude them from any further participation.
If the people demand immediate action, authorities hold public meetings and seminars to explain how more data and studies [that will take years to perform and evaluate] are needed to get to the bottom of this complex situation.
If residents complain that agricultural pollution is destroying their lake, authorities talk about how this kind of pollution is “natural occurring,” while carefully avoiding how much is unnaturally occurring.
If the public has a clear perception of the role agricultural nutrient pollution in a lake’s impairment, authorities confuse the issue by substituting other culprits. New York bureaucrats are currently promoting zebra mussels in this way as a distraction.
Mark Twain popularized the saying “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.” — This is an excellent description of our government’s agricultural pollution cover up.
You Know You Live near a Factory Farm When Your Kids Go Fishing with a Pool Skimmer