It looks like a painting. But it is real life. Taken a short time ago over in Westtown. I made my last trip probably to Pete’s Produce for the season. (They have the most fabulous pumpkins this year, but I digress.)
Heaven on earth is where we call home here in Chester County. Traveling through the scarred battle zone of raped land of the Sunoco Logistics Pipeline horror show to get to Pete’s really made an impression today.
We as residents need to do a better job advocating for Chester County herself. Election Day will be here in a blink. The power of your vote is one of the greatest ways to be heard. Those who are NOT stewards of the land need to GO.
We need more land preservation and land conservation and less development. We need to see what can be done to save what is left of our beautiful landscapes, including from the damn pipelines.
We have an agricultural and equine heritage that needs to be saved. We have waterways and woods and wildlife and even the humble honey bee depending on us.
We can’t just talk about it and we certainly can’t depend upon the Chester County Planning Commission. Pretty pie-graphs and surveys just take up space on a website. What are they doing, really? What are the Chester County Commissioners doing, really? Planned photo ops are good for politics, what do they actually do for all of us? The all like to say they are helping plan our future in Chester county but I ask again exactly whose futures are the planning? Mine, yours, or theirs and those who make lots of political contributions?
I was down on the Main Line a few times over the past few weeks. I realized once again how I truly now dislike where I used to call home. And it is not just the great pretenders to what now passes as the “social” scene. It’s the density, the roads, the overall frantic pace and congestion. I realized how I literally exhale when I start to feel the open sky, fields, and forest of Chester County every time I am coming home.
But we are at such risk of losing that. We are at serious risk of losing Chester County. From the history to the land, forests, fields, water (wells, streams, lakes, everything), to the old farm houses and barns to other historic structures — we have to act.
As my friend Mindy Rhodes has wisely said via M. Jankowski “If not you, then who?” and John Lewis “If not now, then when?”
Think about it. Start with who you vote for. And what you vote for.