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A Fable

Once upon a time there was a region of hardy souls who lived on land whose soil was such that it grew apples so red and delicious that it became famous for it. The region was known as the Apple City.

The hardy souls of Apple City grew rich from selling their apples. But one day their children signed a 50-year apple licensing agreement with their state government. In no time, the state took control of their apples and sent them to the Big Apple (New York City). Thereafter, the locals in Apple City never tasted the apples, or profited from them.

Eventually, in consideration of a few dollars and a bushel of apples per year, the elected leaders of Apple City renewed the license of the "Apple Authority" for another 50 years. In the meantime, though surrounded by the finest apple orchards, the residents of Apple City imported more expensive, inferior apples from out of town. Although the good people of Apple City could smell the scent of the apple blossoms; although they could tour the orchards and marvel at the magnificent apples hanging thick on the branches, they could not eat their own apples.

Moral: What do you think of these people?

Change the word apple to hydropower, and you will know what the rest of the world thinks of you.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

Mar 25, 2014