At last nightʼs City Council meeting, 4/15/10, I witnessed a gathering of what was
most probably the largest gathering of citizens ever for a Council meeting. I
watched a spokesperson for a group called “Corinth Cares”, present to our City
Council a petition with over 975 signatures, collected in just eight days. This
petition just simply asked our Council to require a gas driller to abide by our
ordinances in place. Many more would have been there, yet they had to be
turned away as there was just simply no place left to park, let alone sit.
Throughout the course of a special meeting, called for the purpose of expert
testimony, and at the regularly scheduled meeting, experts continued to droll on
about stuff that, quite simply, just flew way over my head and kind of caused my
eyes to start rolling back in my head. I tried to follow, yet quite simply stated, I
was way out of my league.
As I began to look around the room filled with a sea of concerned faces, I began
to ponder the thought, “Just what does ʻCorinth Caresʼ mean?”. In trying to figure
this out, at first it seemed easier to figure out what “Corinth Cares” does not
mean to me. Are we a group of “activist”, “protesters”, “picketers”, “malcontents”
or anything remotely similar? Absolutely not. Are we a group of “anti-gas drilling
fanatics”? Or maybe a group supporting a political agenda, philosophy, or
candidate? Nope to these two questions also. What then are we? Quite simply
stated, we are a loose assemblage of very common folks; servants if you will.
Folks of different political beliefs, faiths, ethnicities, education levels, yet quite
simply united in our belief in and pursuit of common sense.
We are the folks who shop at the same store with you, watch our kids play
baseball and soccer together on Saturday, and worship with you at church on
Sunday. We are folks who might be retired or working hard at our jobs for our
families. We might still be in school, or out there trying our best to find work.
We are a group of folks who rounded up whatever loose change we could spare
and went off to the local Dollar Store to find whatever supplies we could afford.
We are that group of ladies who stood around my kitchen table and hand wrote
signs trying to get folks involved. We are that group of men who help me put
these signs together and then dodge traffic as we put them in place, and then
dodged traffic once again as we took them down right after the council meeting.
We are that tireless group of Moms and Dads who after working a full day of
work, walked neighborhoods distributing informational flyers and petitions.
Servants all; toiling to protect the health, safety and welfare of our children.
In my life experience, I have somewhat figured out that with the right amount of
money, one can easily find “experts”. Some experts may tell us that the world is
flat and some experts may tell us that the world is really square. Sometimes it
just seems money trumps science. If our “expert scientists” cannot even agree
on an issue as huge as global warming, us looking for “expert witnesses and
scientists” to give us absolute answers on gas drilling is somewhat akin to
Diogenes searching for the proverbial “honest man”.
Dilemmas such as these then causes me, as one of many servants within
Corinth Cares, to then ask, just what then do we rely on? Perhaps maybe
someday science will get this whole gas drilling thing figured out, yet until that
time, I would strongly suggest that we, as other folks within Corinth Cares have
suggested, all rely on our God given gift of common sense. Letʼs use common
sense when we look at the wisdom of turning a beautiful retreat like the Lake
Sharon Christian Center, nestled amongst homes, schools and churches, into a
huge commercial gas drilling center. Letʼs also use common sense when we
balance the rights of mineral right holders and their gas drillers against the
health, safety and welfare of our children as these gas wells sprout like weeds in
As I look at the Lake Sharon Christian Center, I can see it rather abstractly as the
proverbial “round hole”. As I also look at towering gas drilling rigs drilling
numerous gas wells, I see the proverbial “square peg”. Do I need a Ph.D. or law
degree or any other “expert” to tell me that this “square peg” will not fit in this
“round hole”? No. I simply need my own God given gift of common sense.
And that willingness to exercise common sense may be just what Corinth Cares
means to me.
2807 Pottery Trail
Corinth, TX 76210