Don't drink the water! Wait...what? 'Almost Heaven'?

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Note: the image above is from here

Growing up years ago, I remember reading stories of travelers who advised you not to drink the water in foreign countries. One alternative was to drink bottled water, soft drinks, whisky, anything but water from the tap. But that was 'other places' - not anywhere in the US. Here we prided ourselves on our environment, where we sang '

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Apparently those 'other places' where you should not drink the water if you want to stay healthy now include West Virginia.

But how can *that* be?

Later one of the songs I sang included 'This Land is Your Land'

Some of those lyrics were:

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.

And then came John Denver's 'Country Roads' the lyrics of which include:

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains
Shenandoah River -
Life is old there
Older than the trees
Younger than the mountains
Growin' like a breeze

So how did we get from that to this? (via Daily Kos)

West Virginia Governor on Drinking the Water: 'It's Your Decision, I'm Not a Scientist' ?

Oh, that's right...someone sold out to the 'rape the earth' contingent.

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  • paullwolborsky

    As one of the closing acts of the Bush Administration, Dick Cheney sponsored a slight edit of the Clean Water Act, changing Waterways to 'Navigable Waterways'. Maybe this was just one more To-do item on the movement to Privatize America's water supply.