Temperance movement

One of these old girls is Dryden's own Dora Dogood.  Can you guess which one?

While you're thinking about that, here's another little essay from Dora:

I am an old lady, having lived in the Town of Dryden now for 88 years.  I’ve watched our town board members and members of our legislature including an energy activist from the eastern part of Dryden take the lead in banning drilling in our areas.  Surely their actions will extend to the next vital step, ending energy use in the area.
 
So, naturally, I assumed that none of these activists would accept power from the electric grid or heat their own homes with fossil fuels.  Imagine then my surprise when I learned that all members of the legislature who advocate against drilling are on the grid and that all use fossil fuels or sources that impact our environment, either directly or at least at times from the power grid!  Not one has disconnected from the grid.
 
Why won’t these activists be true to their own principles?  My suggestion is they take a pledge, “I, _____, advocating against drilling in Tompkins and New York State do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will live my own life off the power grid and without use of fossil or earth impacting fuels, no matter whose back yard they are developed in.  If fossil fuel production is not suitable for Tompkins, Tompkins residents must not use fossil fuels.  Therefore, I will introduce or support legislation that no person in Tompkins, regardless of pre-existing uses, may use any fossil fuel or any fuel that endangers our water, our air, the quiet in our neighborhoods, and, such as solar panels, the beauty of our neighborhoods, or puts combustion products in the air, destroys natural resources, or produces radioactivity or nuclear waste.  Residents who don’t accept this life style should leave the area.”
 
The pledge and the suggested legislation is necessary if our legislators are truly committed to saving our planet.  To do less than that is to be hypocritical.  Our activist legislators must lead by example, renouncing all personal use of fossil or polluting fuels, whether they pollute now or might pollute in the future.  Otherwise, these legislators condemn the people of other lands or other places in the U.S. to producing energy for our local use while not caring enough about the people whose own backyards are being impacted by the very problems they don’t want here.