But there are the other resolutions, ones we formally announce with whereas and therefores and signatures to put them out to the public for the greater good. Whether they produce greater good or not, will at some moment in the future be determined.
The vote was unanimous at the Intertribal Council, with all tribal leaders represented passing approval of a resolution for EPA to conduct a complete investigation of the BF Goodrich plant and conduct a complete cleanup of the site, making sure the mine shafts and the Roubidoux wells were closed properly to protect our drinking water aquifer. The vote at the LEAD Agency meeting was to approve the resolution and we learned later the Democrats of Ottawa County also passed the resolution.
My resolution week ended officially last Friday morning by handing over three duly signed sets to EPA: David Gray, the Acting EPA Region 6 administrator and Erin Chancellor, his Chief of Staff and we forgot to get a photo to commemorate the moment. As most resolutions, we were left with no evidence it had been delivered and only hope the signed documents would do the good we had expressed in the resolving.
And that is all we ever have. Hope. And the understanding that hopes usually never come true if they are left unspoken, left as those silent hopes for the future we never dare to ask to come to pass. Our hope, of all those signatories on these resolutions, hope this works for the greater good and the BF Goodrich site is duly investigated and cleansed of the pollutants left behind.
This week we remember our country's Revolution, made possible by the acts of the people FOR the people and for the hope of creating a country with the freedoms we have ended up enjoying.
While we were focused on BF Goodrich, and looked away from our recent flooding, only for those few moments, we have learned that Senator Inhofe inserted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which as Senator Inhofe said, “The National Defense Authorization Act helps our military meet the goals of the National Defense Strategy, supports our troops, and protects American freedom and prosperity. It is the most important bill we’ll consider all year.”
But his amendment contains no National Security implications, no words describing how American national security with be protected from undue influence and other security threats. There is not a fighter plane, a helicopter, a submarine, or a word about our military in it. His amendment takes away the hopes for the freedom to sleep at night in Miami with the sound of rain on the roof without the fear of flooding. All sorts of individuals, organizations and tribes, including the City of Miami have submitted comments to FERC on GRDA's request to raise the flood pool in the new 50 year re-licensing of the Pensacola Dam. All those comments were written with the hope of protecting citizens from more extensive flooding caused by the next rain events, and those that follow for the next 50 years, we know will occur.
It seems when reading the amendment, that all our comments were read, and the amendment manufactured to maneuver ways to block each of them and ensure future floods will be yet more devastating. The Senate passed the bill before they left for the 4th of July recess. When the people cannot trust officials in power to look after the greater good, revolutions occur, as demonstrated in our nation's past that we celebrate this week.
But for these times, Senator Inhofe’s action may result in simply somebody writing the Senator a letter, maybe he gets two letters. But what he might get is an opponent in his next election. That for the quiet, resolved people we are, that would show him there are consequences for actions like his recent amendment for GRDA. But what would get the real change would be the numbers of votes at the ballot box for that opponent. This is where the real revolutions that change this nation happen these days.
It won’t be a revolution for me this week, but In honor of all this resolution talk, I decided to resolve to give up my favorite bottled beverage. Four days and counting, that will show the industry, and not a single other person had to sign my resolution to save the money, the calories and the bottle from the recycler.
Respectfully Submitted ~ Rebecca Jim