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> Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:57 PM
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> Subject: The Fine Art of Complaining
> I'm told my communications problem with my town board and
> code enforcement officer have gone away.
> I did not write up my complaints and take them to the town
> board meeting as suggested by the town supervisor.
> I asked for advice about how to handle the situation from the
> head of the New York State Farm Protection Board and USDA's
> Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas, who is
> sending a heavy packet of info about how this very situation
> is a recognized and important global issue. Another buddy
> from USDA made a phone call just to mention how he's heard
> that I've relocated to their area, I'm a community activist
> well known on the National scene who happens to garden
> organically (not a solitary unknown organic farmer with
> antisocial tendencies as it might appear on the surface), and
> their community is so lucky that I've decided to settle there.
> Why light a match when an autostart blowtorch is just a
> telephone or keyboard away?
> TW connection? Audience analysis. What was going to be effective?
> Best result -- judge and code enforcer were actually friendly
> and certainly no longer making any attempts to intimidate me.
> Enforcer is officially satisfied with the progress I've made
> toward correcting the items in question, and the summons is
> officially closed -- no more vague and undocumented demands
> for action, reversed and added to the next week. When I gave
> him an intentional opening for discussion of a different
> topic by mentioning my missing cats, he came back with a
> report that he thinks he's already seen one. He even
> described her accurately, so maybe she really will return. I
> feed and catch feral cats for neutering, he shoots them.
> There's still some water to cross. But it's a start.
> The neighbor is still scowling mightily and he almost ran me
> off the road the other day. But the town is off my back.
> Dori Green
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