Saturday, June 23, 2007

Warmed Up Leftovers

Time to take a quick look back at the week’s news coverage.
A week ago, I had lots of unanswered questions about the Balsam Mountain Preserve golf course dam break. I pulled out my Big Book of Hans Christian Andersen Tales and found the solution to the burning question of how a dam managed to build itself while everyone else had gone away for the weekend.
After reading this week’s stories, there’s only one big question hanging out there right now:
Will Balsam Mountain Preserve receive their certificate of appreciation for environmental stewardship BEFORE or AFTER they’re cited and fined for killing the creek?

Just wondering.

A week ago, in Children of Fortune I tried to set the River Rock development people on the right course. But apparently, they did not listen to me, because they’re still running their obnoxious advertisement in this week's Wall Street Journal, the one that announces:
Since the Gilded Age, the mountains of North Carolina have beckoned, and America’s children of fortune have answered their call. Here on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, River Rock conjures the high life.

That’s the River Rock version of our home. Around here, we’d say you drive out past East Laporte and after you round Aunt Sally’s curve, head up Moody Bridge... But River Rock is speaking a different language from us local folks…I guess we need a translator.

The biggest mystery regarding the $100 million fraud at The Village of Penland development in Mitchell County is why the news media is ignoring it. That’s not just me talking…peope all over are wondering the same thing.
At least Jason Ryan with The State newspaper in Columbia, SC and Peralte Paul with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution have raised questions about the land scam. Looks like all the rest of the reporters are following in the footsteps of Anup Roy.

Finally, WLOS tantalized us with a sketchy story about several Jackson County families who’d been drinking gasoline and benzene from their well-water. Cassandra Pride gave us "more quotes [and pictures] than answers." Apparently, it is happening "somewhere" in Jackson County and might involve an abandoned gas station with above-ground tanks. But they're getting water tanked in to their homes, so I guess everything's OK now...
...and I should just mind my own business.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for speaking for the earth.. your blog is now in my computer favorites and I follow it everyday.

GULAHIYI said...

And thank you for your kind comment. I'm just happy to see so many people finding different ways to speak for the earth, and for these glorious mountains in particular.