Lebanon Reporter

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July 10, 2014

Pollution, politics, propaganda, what to do?

As the rain beats against the roof of the tent it nearly puts me into a hypnotic trance. Outside puddles are gathering on our picnic table, soaking anything that we had forgotten to stow away before the storm hit us. Way back when I went camping with my family, Dad always dug a shallow trench around the tent along with a separate trench that would guide the water away from our dry confines. After I grew up, the state decided that it was not a good idea and did not allow any form of trenching around our campsites. Well, you know back when we were all responsible and didn’t need the state to tell us what to do, we always repaired our tiny canal by gently covering up any sign that it had been there. These days if you go camping and are unlucky enough or lucky enough (depending on how you look at it) to be camping during a rainstorm, the chance of everything getting soaked inside your tent is a lot higher. We use to bring much of the firewood that we would need when we went camping, but nowadays, you have to leave your firewood at home and only use wood that has been certified safe from any destructive insects. It’s nice that the state is so concerned about protecting our state parks from any harmful critters that might kill our trees. Out west, our federal and state parks in Utah are being wiped out by some sort of insect that the “tree huggers” have fought so hard to protect from a chemical death sprayed from the sky. Thousands of acres of forest have been destroyed because of the stupidity of a group that has fought hard to protect the rights of a group of insects.Supposedly, we are destroying our planet because of all the pollutants that we are pouring into our atmosphere by using way too much in the way of fossil fuels. Haven’t cars been made to be so much more fuel efficient? I find that so very hard to believe, since I grew up in an era where cars and factories were pumping a lot more chemicals into the air than we are today. With the advent of anti-pollution devices on our vehicles and tighter restrictions on factories, and with the conception of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), I just find it next to impossible to believe that our air is worse than in the early part of the last century. Back when I was sitting next to my Grandpa Snoke in his rowboat, we were catching and eating fish out of waters that were being pumped full of raw sewage and other creepy pollutants. I don’t know about you, but I feel like Big Brother just might be yanking our chain, what do you think?Oh please, let us not get caught dumping gas or oil onto our already delicate and dying planet. That’s funny, don’t all petroleum products originate from beneath the soil that we all walk on? My dad, and many others I’m sure, used to mix oil and gas into a rather reliable weed killer. The gas would kill the weeds when the sun hit it and the oil made sure that the gas remained on the plants until the job was complete. Now which do you think is safer for the environment, gas and oil that occur naturally on our planet, or some dangerous chemical cocktail that was invented in some laboratory by a mad scientist? You tell me and then maybe we will both know the answer to that question.It is being splashed around all over the media about vaccinations that were designed to protect us, just might be causing a certain disease called Autism in our children. I’m so very sorry that many children are being affected by that horribly disabling malady. But just take a glance at how many diseases have been wiped off of the face of our planet because of the creation of several of our vaccinations. Small pox, measles, mumps and many more catastrophic illnesses have been put at bay over the past several years. Unfortunately, with the influx of millions of illegal aliens that are flooding our borders, many of these diseases will not be a mere distant memory for very much longer.I’m not certain just what you will get out of my column this week, but I greatly hope that it will cause everyone of us to stop and think about what is going on all around us and to become much more aware of who and what is controlling our lives nowadays. Wasn’t life so much more simple way back in the days of severe smog and toxic sludge filled rivers, streams, lakes and oceans?Contact Raymond Snoke at shark_guy2@yahoo.com.

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