John Messeder


Our president has said he ordered a slow-down on testing for Covid-19 so we would not notice the number of cases afflicting the various states. When it was suggested he might have been kidding, he assured us he was not.

I like to think he was being facetious, a word my mother used one day when I was young, then made me look up. I’ve never forgotten it. Basically, it would mean testing would keep gong to the maximum this nation’s resources will allow, and no one will pay attention to the natural gas pipeline the Supreme Court of the United States ruled last week could carve across the Appalachian Trail and across the front yards of several low-income residential areas between West Virginia and North Carolina.

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and social anthropologist, and lives in Gettysburg, PA. He may be contacted at

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