As citizens of Bethel and small business operators, we are both grateful for and dependent upon the many blessings our natural surroundings provide. Speaking from our personal perspective, we become very concerned about anything that threatens those blessings and we do our best to learn about and address them. We're happy to meet others who share our concerns and do the work required to help our community meet those threats.
We have worked hard to do that over the past three years with regard to the very real threat of Tar Sands Oil, with letters to various newspapers, presentations to local organizations, and private conversations. The Bethel Citizen has done a good job of providing coverage as well, with an extensive article by Alison Aloisio last August. The news of gruesome Tar Sands Oil spills in Alberta, Michigan, Illinois and now Arkansas speak loudly to us and responsible reporting is at last overcoming the powerful “message control” exerted by oil and pipeline companies.
Those companies have shown themselves willing to lie, distort, and withhold vital information from American citizens in order to protect their public image. That's what we're all up against and trying to share with our community so that we can protect ourselves from incidents like those mentioned above. We have done our very best with our limited skills and resources, to deal with our Select Board and Town Meetings. We have never manipulated the process. Rather, we seek to learn and improve it in order to prevent a repeat of the embarrassment we endured at the January Special Town Meeting. Fortunately, attendees joined many other American towns and adopted the Resolution to reject Tar Sands Oil.
We're doing all we can to gather reliable, fact-based information to share with our community. In turn, we remain open and invite other interested citizens to share the work, to seek reliable, fact-based info and bring it to the public discussion. We'd be delighted to help where we can.
Seabury and Sharon Lyon