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Friday, March 25, 2011
Former Gubernatorial Candidate roughed up by police during Capitol Rally!
Rod Bryan, who is a well known former gubernatorial candidate, was roughed up by the police Wednesday during a rally about natural gas. He is known to oppose highly controversial hydraulic fracturing and is for protecting our water resources. This abuse of this fine citizen is an outrage! Meanwhile, our Senator Jason Rapert said he wants to know of any cases that the gas industry "intentionally" poisoned our water. Huh? Since when is the burden of proof intentional harm? He is the senator who organized this caucus to protect the gas industry. What about the people? Since when are multinational companies "folks?" What about the real "folks?. Mr. Rapert is quoted in the Sun Times saying we should "always be willing to listen to opposing views before making judgments.” Yet I have contacted Mr. Rapert before his election and requested a meeting to talk about all citizens, including Conservative Christians like himself, up in Van Buren County who have had water problems. He said he would if he got in to office. After he was settled in, several citizens including myself contacted him to meet with him. He shunned us. He dodged meeting with any of us. I noticed the many tweets between him, the gas companies and lobbyists and David Meeks about the legislation. It really must be nice to have that kind of access. He said "outsiders" are causing trouble. But aren't these multi-national companies outsiders? They slander anyone who stands up to them. Anyone who reports their water problems or calls them out they label trouble-makers, just-in-it for the money makers, loud mouths, outsiders etc. The slander occurs in back door rooms with government officials hanging with the old boy network. What about having a sit-down with REAL Arkansans. We just wanted to give them a tour and talk...aren't we "folks" too. As a fellow Christian, I would like to sit down with Senator Rapert and Representative Meeks and ask them to have a deep, long drink of our affected water. I'd like them to sit in our homes when a gas well is vented right near our children and take a deep long breath of air. I would like to know if Mr. Rapert and Mr. Meeks would like to front the bill to test our water for all the chemicals that COULD be in our water? What about the trade secret chemicals like POLYMERS which cause great damage to human health in even minute amounts. What about people who lost their water completely? What about men of God who have lost their water...what about pastors who have been ill-treated as the gas companies have built monster compressor stations just hundreds of feet from their homes? What about pastors who live behind fracking companies that spilled toxic waste on a daily basis. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE FIRST and then take your position. WALK A MONTH IN OUR SHOES. Jesus said if you "give a cup of water in my name, so you are giving it unto me."