Your October 1 issue is the best! I hoarded your magazines, with yellow markers on important statements, but it was difficult to keep them all, so with a heavy heart I disposed of them. But, and it’s a big but, I will keep your October 1 issue along with my first issue of Ms. magazine—cherished.
Naomi Wolf should be ashamed of herself (don’t ask me how that could be managed) for forcing Katha Pollitt to devote a “Subject to Debate” column to Wolf’s new book. Wasn’t there something more important (if less entertaining) to write about? Am I the only one who had never heard of Wolf, or her vagina, before receiving your October 1 issue?
West Roxbury, Mass.
My vagina loves Katha Pollitt.
We Will, We Will Frack You
I was glad to read Nicholas Kusnetz’s “Fractivists Get Serious” [Oct. 1], about the 1,000 protesters gathered outside Governor Cuomo’s office to urge him to ban the drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing in the state of New York. Kusnetz says, “A decision by Cuomo to ban fracking would be momentous”—and, I would add, smart. We do not have such a principled executive here in Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Corbett has welcomed the drillers (and their generous campaign contributions) with open arms. He has ruined Pennsylvania, opening even our forests and parks to drilling. I hope Governor Cuomo will have the courage to declare a ban on fracking.
Bluff Point, N.Y.
I am blessed! I live overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake, one of the lower Finger Lakes, close to the Pennsylvania border. The water is so pure that I bathe in and drink it. I eat the fish, game and farm animals that depend on these pristine waters. I’ve also traveled to once-beautiful Pennsylvania and witnessed the rapacious plundering that a greedy governor and a reckless fracking industry have wreaked on its streams, rivers and woodlands.
Nicholas Kusnetz wonders whether the New York fractivists can muster enough determination and discipline to prevent our governor and the billionaire natural-gas industry from plundering our great state the way they have Pennsylvania and other poor states. New York has a well-established resistance group. There will be civil disobedience! I admire these fractivists for their great resolve and discipline. However, there are others like myself who have the same resolve but lack the discipline. I am not a fractivist. I’m a frackin’ wacko! I do not view fracking as something that might interrupt my lifestyle; I view it as a direct threat on my life! I am a 62-year-old marine Vietnam veteran. I’ve been shot at, blown up by a landmine, gassed, kicked, cut, pummeled, truncheoned, maced and incarcerated. I have survived stage-four cancer. The word “quit” is not in my vocabulary. I have several unique and useful skills, none of which involve singing “Kumbaya” while some jackbooted thug tows me away, bound with plastic tie wraps, to a paddy wagon. When they come here to poison me, they ought to think long and hard, pack a lunch and bring a flashlight, because it won’t be swift or easy. And I’m certainly not alone. My legacy will be that I was a responsible steward of this earth.