In the late 90’s I continually fed N&R Editor John Robinson the news about declining water demand. He kept refusing it.
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A few of my press releases did get published in the N&R but in such a lukewarm fashion that readers would never catch on that water use was declining. Perhaps the local media has and will always be Pro-Randleman DAM and Pro-Growth because growth means more newspapers sales and more advertising sales. What business that profits from growth would oppose growth?
I know for a fact that N&R readers assume water use is always climbing because everything else is climbing. In 1999 I conducted an unscientific telephone poll of 25 citizens to satisfy my own curiosity. Water use had declined 3 years in a row and I knew that more declines were in Greensboro’s future. I asked each person I phoned, "Is Greensboro's water use increasing or decreasing?"
20 of the 25 people I called claimed Greensboro Water Use was rising, even skyrocketing---“That’s obvious because Greensboro is GROWING.” Even my pastor was certain that water use was increasing and there was no convincing him otherwise.
Everyone in a 40-mile radius had been affected by the City’s dishonest water-shortage propaganda and pictures of its intentionally lowered reservoirs every summer. That’s why citizens were pro-Randleman Dam---because they never knew water use was declining. If they saw a water use chart on the front page of the N&R instead of a food cost chart they may not have got scammed into the Randleman Dam. But the media was the megaphone for the City's propaganda and the Dam became a slam-dunk.
Once again I challenge the Greensboro News & Record to print the above water use chart on its front page. Let your readers see in a graph what was predicted and what actually happened. This CHART tells the whole story that's never been told. Even distant people with no dog in this fight view this CHART and immediately they can smell the muskrat. What will the citizens of Greensboro conclude if they see this CHART? Well, we both know that answer.
If “Food Costs Rising”--an expected event--is news, then certainly “Water Demand Declining”--an unexpected event--is genuine news for the front page. Everybody on the World Wide Web can easily see the emperor isn't wearing any clothes ....and the Greensboro News & Record is still reporting a fashioned show.
In 1999 after I was fired I held a press conference to reveal the City Scam to justify the Randleman Dam. The Greensboro News & Record sent reporter Andrea Ball---on her last day of work at the News & Record! The next day Andrea Ball began her new job in Texas with the Austin American. Why would the N&R send a reporter on her last day on the job?
If this Dam Scam story ever gets out, Greensboro’s media outlets may look like accomplices in a conspiracy. After all, they were handed detailed information of a scam-in-the-making and they never dug for the truth.
Because the Dam Scam story is being spiked by the local media it is imperative that you FORWARD it to all interested parties both near and far. Simply tell others to Google DAM SCAM.