We Stand and Fall Together

We Stand and Fall Together – A Letter to the Editor by Patricia Canaday 5/21/15

I moved to New Ipswich, New Hampshire one year ago with the vision of retiring here, growing an organic farm, and in five years helping to open a B&B in the home I live in there. And then Kinder Morgan decided that my community was an ideal location for their pipeline through NH and the 80 Horsepower Compressor Station that goes with it… Dreams, exit stage left.

Yesterday morning I woke feeling inspired by Martin Niemoller and wrote my own version of his poignant quote. Martin Niemoller was writing about Adolf Hitler and the Nazi devastation.

The proposed pipeline is not the attempted extermination of a race of human beings but Niemoller’s words speak to any among us who think that “it” can never happen to us and are not brave enough to stand up for those who are the targets of injustice, strong-arming, and bullying.

And so, I present my morning poetic adaptation:

“First Kinder Morgan came for the Pennsylvanian’s land, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Pennamite.

 

Then they came for the Massachusite’s land, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Bay Stater.

 

Then they came for my Neighbor’s land, and I did not speak out

Because I was not my Neighbor’s Keeper.

 

Then they came for My land

And there was no one left to speak for Me.”

It is critical that our community stand united against the pipeline and compressor station. There is no “my land” and “his land” anymore. This pipeline either affects all of us or none of us. There are no exemptions when it comes to noise, water, air, and soil pollution and the annihilation of our way of life.

Let’s stand together and do this thing! No pipeline NH.

*This appeared as a published Letter to the Editor in the May 26, 2015 edition of the Monadnock Ledger Transcript and is used here by their kind permission.