State Highway 41, Lemoore, California, October 2009
Doesn't this sign make you hungry? It did me, but to no avail: This diner has been closed down and boarded up for years, in this depressed farming community in the Central Valley of California.
While I am satisfied that the public health hazard faced by these families on the Couchiching reserve has been resolved, I am very disappointed that an agreement was only struck after public action was taken by the Couchiching leadership. It is my understanding that the federal government paid $1.7 million for two engineering reports that were completed several years ago and showed that dangerous chemicals were present (i.e. dioxins, etc). I’m thankful these families will finally be relocated, but the burning question that I still have is 'what took so long'?
Peaceful activism in defense of one's sovereign rights -- no matter whose -- is always a great thing. Pilamaya, Couchiching!