I might have continued taking Sullivan County for granted. But first the attempted NYRI transmission line, and then the shafting we’re promised by Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, demanded attention. Around these serious issues, there has arisen something unexpected but welcome—community. I think the area always had it. My young friends who resent means-tested government programs don’t hesitate to pitch in at a barn raising or to take in a family whose house has burned down. But it took these threats—common cause—to bring together an extraordinary variety of folks, local and weekender, each making contributions as their time and ability allows. It’s a big warm foxhole.
[Roy Tedoff is a resident of Hortonville, NY.]