The leaders of Prince George's County, Maryland have decided that the county seat should feature a waste transfer station located on a multi-layer environmentally sensitive site. Even more improbably, they have suggest at the same time that Upper Marlboro should have a hotel located across the street to house the droves of people who would want to come to the county seat for government business and personal pleasure. The very idea that we will be marketing views of a waste transfer station boggles the mind. "Come to the County seat of the New Prince George's and view our trash" is perhaps one of the many concepts which are being consider at a pay grade above mine.
While one might understand coming to the historic town to visit blue heron rookeries or to walk the green way trails, or to paddle along the scenic Patuxent river, it is rather harder to imagine why anyone would desire to rent a room in a hotel across the street from the transfer facility watching the trash truck rumble in and out and recording the rail road cars of trash leaving the site. Of course the hotel is simply part of the planning process and will quietly disappear from consideration as will any reason to visit or develop this part of the county, which is perhaps the ultimate goal. The motivation of the day seems to be, "let us take somewhat undeveloped land and trash it, so that it might match the other already environmentally degraded parts of the county which our unbridled tendency to concrete over with storage units and parking lots without consideration of neighborhoods or the environment." Why should we have environmentally significant parcels of land when we can pave them over?
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].