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The Little School Teacher And Big Business!

Updated on July 9, 2010

She taught some school

And the Golden Rule.

Her ability was really profound.

In an old paper-mill town.

She simply taught the facts,

In the small mill paper-mill town

When she gave her opinion,

She didn’t keep the dirty side down

Like making a living and living a wish,

Creating pollution and two headed fish.

The water was pure runnin’ to ‘em.

Started smellin’ as it was runnin’ through’em.

The source of the Pigeon River,

Was good to drink,

But when it went by the mill,

It began to stink.

So the little school teacher,

Told both sides of a story,

She was a teacher and teaching.

She didn’t want any glory.

But what she got was certainly not,

At all what one would have thought.

The poor little fool lost her job at the school.

And a ticket out of town was bought.

She learned that the innocent.

Did not have impunity.

As she taught fairness,

In that mountain community.

But first they would give her a lesson.

She would learn as her value would lessen.

They ignored her and isolated her.

She loved their children so they hated her.

I guess she was a bit lucky though.

They allowed her to drive off in her car.

It seems one of the village idiots,

Forgot to bring the feathers and tar.

By Micky Dee

The "moral"? Dang if I know! Except that the entire town and county were bought with "jobs ie money"! The little school teacher was a threat because she spoke the truth. She wasn't after the big paper mill. The river has always been a sore point for the folks in Tennessee. Folks in North Carolina would screw the water up and send it on to Tennessee. The river was terrible when it left the town. It was discolored. The water could make the eyes burn from great distances. I saw and smelled this myself. I knew the lady as a customer to my bike shop.

Of course Tennessee returns the pollution in a way by the emissions from TVA. Of course TVA also did "it" to Tennessee when- On December 22, 2008, an earthen dike at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant broke, spreading one billion gallons of wet coal ash across 300 acres of land and into the tributaries of the Tennessee River. The non-profit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy plans on suing TVA for $165 million on behalf of residents in the area. The Kentucky Sierra Club called the disaster the "worst environmental disaster since Chernobyl".

The disaster continues to poison lakes and stream as well as potentially the drinking water of millions. As reported in the Tuscaloosa news on January 3, 2010, "Eight river systems have come in contact with the disaster ash. The Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers flow into the Mississippi. The disaster ash is literally being railroaded into the Perry County community. The landfill lies in the Chilatchee and Tayloe Creek watersheds and flows into the Alabama River. Leachate from the landfill was being shipped to Marion, where it was discharged into the Cahaba River Basin. It is being trucked into Demopolis, where it goes to the Tombigbee River that flows into the Mobile River. That adds up to 8 rivers with two separate entries to the Gulf of Mexico. It is spreading through our rivers like cancer flows through the blood steam."

With the Gulf oil spill, here a spill, there a spill- it's been obvious that our leaders are unqualified. They are bought by the polluters. The Grand Oil Party demonizes tree huggers, anti polluters. The leaders of the Dems kiss the leaders of the Grand Oil Party.

Germany went to war in the thirties and forties. There are books written that say "it's only half-time." It was not fought hard by many at all. When the chips are down-  you can only depend on a few to oppose the evil compliance of the "many". It's been estimated at less than 20% of the populations. With the "school teacher" - the odds weren't that good.

Jobs should not be the coercion to do wrong and ignore pollution and the capability of it. Needs should not have to come into the equation to make the decision to "do the right thing".

The majority has very often been wrong.

Pollution is wrong.

The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See

The video above is relatively short- 9 minutes. It seems long perhaps but it is a very good analysis of the debate about pollution and global warning.

The video below will give you an excellent idea about growth which is almost beyond imagination without listening to and watching it. Below is a series of 8. The first video tells you a lot. From there by clicking you could go to youtube's site to go through all of the series.

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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Our greatest resource is our humanity. God bless you Maggie-May.

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      Nadine M AuCoin 

      8 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Hi Micky Dee, so sorry I am late, very late in getting over to your hubs...this is an exceptional write, very informative, and a much needed exposure to these particular topics of ruin... Money has always been the problem..

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless you Peggy. You are so wonderful!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What people don't seem to realize is that this earth is only so big and we all have to co-exist on it. If we keep polluting it we will be the losers in the end. Health concerns should outweigh the making of money. Businesses that do otherwise are short sighted to say the least.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Dim Darling! I love Homersapiens too. God bless!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Homersapiens!!!!!! l take the serious points from this excellent hub, but can´t help laughing at the evolution of Homer. Great one Micky. Thank you. xx

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      We elect lawyers to run everything. They run everything for the bucks. They get around loopholes that were put in place for fairness. They legalize cheating. Aloha

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      It seems that when they clean up one area they take to another one far away and mess that other area up :(

      so all the do is move the pollution around. I do not call that cleaning it up. sad state of affairs! aloha

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Pmccray- you are spot on! Marvin Gaye sings that in my ear every time I wear my shuffle on a bike ride! "What IS going on?" Lip service and lies! Amen! I'm with you Sister! God bless you Pmccray!!!

    • pmccray profile image


      9 years ago from Utah

      Our so called "representatives" loud outcry regarding the cost of taxes for upcoming generations, but talk with forked tongue when it comes to environment concerns. Per brother Marvin Gaye in "What's Goin' On?" do they really care? The answer is no it's all a bunch of lip service and lies. Excellent hub, rated up and shared.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Nellieanna. There are counties where, honestly, it would be improbable for a teacher to be hired because of nepotism, or the "wrong political affiliation". Then- there's always MONEY. I'd rather die than not treat my brothers and sisters right. To gang up is to divide and conquer. Peaceful people- the meek will be pushed around by the strong and wicked and "organized".

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      I don't - didn't - know the politics behind it but a "little school teacher" in my memory - Miss Carstarphen - was the best teacher of English I've ever known nor heard of. She taught 4th grade and her pupils simply understood grammar. Somehow it was as though she opened our crania and poured in understanding. But she was fired. I know only that it was because she didn't have the right credentials. But it had to be political somehow. It was a loss to the school system in Del Rio, Texas, in any case. One wonders how many other stories there are like that. . .

      Thanks more - again - for the provocative reporting, Micky.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Poetvix! It's pretty shameful the way a group will ostracize and set upon their own. We're relying on corporate America way too much.

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      9 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Excellent write about the teacher.

      Humanities abuse of our planet seems to know no bounds as your piece on pollution demonstrates so well.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Darknlovely! God bless!

    • Darknlovely3436 profile image


      9 years ago from NewYork

      great Hub , very informative

      my friend

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Prasetio! You're always a class act!

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      As a teacher, I really give big appreciation to this hub. Beautiful and very inspiring. I hope all the teacher doing the same thing. Thank you very much for showing me about this. I rate this Up.


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Maita. This is indeed a true story.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Deborah! Everybody has to hide a bit. The wealthy have the resources. Big business is often the only business. They intimidate. Some small business owners that depend on the rich are the lackeys. They will shout their "rhetoric" in their business and dare you to speak the truth. I'm afraid our country needs the Golden Rule! I was once a bigger truth-seeker than I am now. I was young. I loved God. I could run in the woods and never fear a snake or any of God's creatures.

      One day I saw the truth. I saw the truth too much. The truth came down on me really hard. I came to know that our world cannot be fixed. The evil is very strong. This world cannot be repaired from this evil for centuries even if people turned around. Look at the hate in the politics. It never ends.

      I will have to tell the truth. Perhaps I'll have enough soon. I may join most people in entertaining myself and filling my life with distraction. Some distraction can keep us alive! Thank you Deborah!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hey BobbiRant! It looks like folks that are in charge can do little but extort. Truth takes a different road when traveling with the "movers and shakers".

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      9 years ago from US

      Kudos to little people like the teacher who speaks the truth, Nice tribute to her and the poem is eye opener, Maita

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      9 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for another great hub. You do an awesome job of creative writing coupled with facts and video. I always like your writing, though not always the way you make me think. :) Isn't it easier to hide and pretend not to know anything, and not to care? Love your honesty and integrity.

      Namaste friend.

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      9 years ago from New York

      Teaching basic skills about how to live as an adult. What a concept. That concept worked for generations. Great post.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hey Always Exploring. I see the math explained to me and I really can't grasp it either but the results are astonishing. Thank you Dear!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      My my, I watched the video and i know it must be important, but my little mathematical brain couldn,t get into 7% of anything, i do know that polluters don,t care

      just as long as they make that old mighty dollar.When we have to wear oxy. masks to live, then, maybe someone will listen.

      Thank,s Micky

      P.S.You keep right on digging and writing about it.

      Cheers and God,s Speed

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Howdy chasingcars! Tony's hub is pretty nice. I hadn't heard of those folks before. There's always nasty people doing the nasty though.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi ambikac09. I guess we need to keep whispering. If enough of us whisper maybe we'll get heard. Thank you

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      9 years ago

      Important hub, if a bit discouraging. I just read TonyMac's hub on Beyer; it takes real heroes to turn things around, but we who are caught up in their messes shouldn't also have to buy their bs along with it. Jindle and a pissant judge in Louisiana are trying to do an end run around Obama's administration to get those oil wells pumping faster again, even though those oil wells are in the same shape as the present polluter is. What a wonderful world!

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      9 years ago from UK

      Its amazing how worked up one can get just listing out all the wrongs we have done by the earth,are doing and not trying to stop.Writing such hubs helps in a way, takes a step closer to actually doing something about all thats happening around. Thanks for a reminder! gr8 hub.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      It's sad Saddlerider. It's a little here , a little here, a hell of lot here, a little here...

      Yo Billy. You're right. And Rossi says Africa is dumping ground for the West! The "dumpers" have fingers everywhere!

      Hi AkirchnerI see our world, and especially the US because "here is where I am", ignoring the criminality of what's happening. I've put up a sign similar to that one.

      Hey there Petra! This one party that has "led" the way for a while, has had it's hands around America. It should clean up behind the irresponsible! So much for taking responsibility for one's actions.

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      Petra Vlah 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      As we know Micky politics come first and truth and morals will be pushed aside if they interffere with profits. Big business will make sure the little voice is silenced and run out of town

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      All great points, Micky - what is wrong with our country that we keep sitting by and allowing this to happen? How can we be so passive watching our world literally destroyed? That is the puzzling thing to me - your here a spill, there a spill, everywhere a spill-spill - nothing could be truer. It kills me to see what we are taking for granted and wonder if ANY of these bigwigs ever stop to think that if the earth is ruined, it will eventually touch them and their big $$ as well. Great hub - love the for sale sign - wish I'd thought of that one a couple of times when I was younger!

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      9 years ago

      Micky the pollution is out of control - sadly it is worse in Eastern Europe and in countries of the third world. I remember reading about East GErmany and others after the Soviets left. It seems man is a mongrel where ever he is. What will make people value life and nature over the buck?

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      9 years ago

      The world is out of control. It's a constant battle for organizations like Greenpeace to try to keep these people of massive corporations and governments from dumping waste into our lakes, rivers and oceans. It's a worldwide epidemic, all we can do is keep speaking out and pray for changes. Our planet is in a tailspin caused by is the motivator always. Thanks for speaking out Micky...

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Charlie. We are assailed on every front with this polluting. The polluters find their ways. What goes around will come around. Thank you Bud!

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      9 years ago

      Did you see the new report on toxic whales? No wonder, all the pollutants in our rivers feeding all those fish and the Sperm Whale gets it all in one massive dose in his food. I just wonder what is dumped in the oceans that we don't know anything about. thanks for bringing this to our attention Micky, great job old son. My wife got into trouble way back with a teacher for speaking out against DDT before they removed it.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Hummingbird! You are so correct. They yell loud and often to drown out justice. They have a lot of tricks. Thank you.

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      9 years ago

      This is another example of money speaking louder than truth. The ones with the money always try to stamp on those who want justice. We just have to keep getting up and dusting ourselves off till we get it.

      Thanks for an excellent hub, Micky Dee.

      PS. I like the Homersapien

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Swosugrad09. I am not an "oil expert" but the I know not to do something dangerous that I will not be able to control. Perhaps the leaders were not experts either. It's too late for anyone to make a difference for the rest of my life. /it's coulda, woulda, shoulda. The other and better enirgy sources were snuffed decades ago. Everything was set in motion foolishly and accidentally years ago. There is no solution soon.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Freya! Sometimes those that can kick around do kick around. It is all true.Thank you Dear!

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      9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub! So how are we going to solve these pollution problem, especially the oil spill? The government sure as heck is not helping us!

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      Freya Cesare 

      9 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      I really understand how that feel, being 'bully' because telling the truth.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Valerie! It's a true story maybe several times over. I always look forward to your visits!

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      9 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Hello Micky Dee. Great sad story here, that needs to be told. Doing the right thing is seldom rewarded with money. This story rings true; I have lived similar truths. Thanks for another thought provoking hub. This is definitely an upper. (:v

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hey Darlene! Thank you Dear! I wish America could and would unite in love for each other instead of this selfish greed and hate. Until then I'll just keep driving in this one nail that I have- "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

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      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      My dearest Micky Dee, this is exactly and just how I feel, I did pass a bill in the senate so I don't ever want to here that "once person cannot make a difference", that is not true, we need to stand strong while in the face of all this disaster, it is surrounded up as a very dark evil cloud. We must join together to take a stand, no more excuses, so get on your bikes, cars, rallies and tea! Excellent my friend, this is so important to defend. thumb up and awesome

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Rossi even the Italian mafia was dumping nuclear waste into the ocean. Bad business is bad. Most of these higher crusty "business-people" give "us" the business. Most people in America will not get a grip on our society and the biggest avoidance is realizing that most of us are disposable people to them. They do not believe in God. If these sleazeballs did believe in God we would have a better world! But no, they do not. In this present world "they" want the rest of the world to pay for their sins!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      9 years ago from Nigeria

      Bro you drove me from one place to another place but not until i saw the Homosapiens that i realized where you were driving me to therefore in my own opinion and with respect to this great hub,i wish to say this...Africa is a dumping ground of waste products from the west and china as a world industrialized nation has polluted Africa but you are right bro, she drives away because one of the village idiots (African leaders and ofcourse the Nigeria President) forgot to bring father and tar (Justice and good governance)

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Yo 50 Caliber!!! The Pigeon River has been cleaned up a lot from where it was but I'd like to hear more from the current residents.

      The story is also about how an entire community can stick together with corruption to silence a great school teacher with a great heart.

      The same thing happened in Tennessee with their Mayor and former Nukes employee. A spill was covered up in Erwin, Tennessee. The Mayor was/is crooked. You could google that and see for yourself. I wrote a piece about that years ago- not for hubpages.

      How can people just turn away?!

      Sure people belong to these religions but they are false. There is no left and right. There is only the Golden Rule. All else is false. The right wing would apparently clean up nothing.

      Patrick McHenry is a congressman from the 10th district of NC. His "conservatism" means stuffing polluting multicolored brochures in mailboxes increasingly as election day approaches. The entire county is repugnant so maybe they just stuff all of these wasteful products into the mailboxes they consider dissenters. One brochure is enough. It's actually too much. I'm against political signs. What good are they? Do they educate. I'm really talking about 20 of these things or even one of them in a single place. People are so stupid that they will vote for a candidate by the number of posters?

      I'm neither left nor right. But:

      The crux of left wingers that I know- are sympathetic to the poor and the environment.

      The right appears to have never heard of the Golden Rule.

      There is no left and right. There is only the Golden Rule. All else is false. Thanks 50 Caliber!

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      50 Caliber 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Mic, I guess you been to some place similar to a place I visited in Tennessee. I don't remember the name of it, I remember passing through it to get to a dam on the TVA to see the barges get through the dam system of raising them up or down to a stair step level from the lake to the river below. Anyway that little town had a paper mill, the stink was enough to let one know something was rotten wrong. As the story was told, the mill paid some fine that seemed outrageous like, 250,000 bucks a day to dump their crap in the river on the plan that it was cheaper to pay the fine than to correct the problem. That said, who ever is in charge of that should be saying "you pay the fine but after 30 days we take your mill away and shut it down".

      You know as well as I, the argument of, X number of folks would loose their jobs, so it's not feasible to do that. America needs the paper and on and on. Here in Arizona, the copper mines did the same thing with their smoke stacks at the smelters as well as dumping in the Gila river where I grew up. Fish above the smelter, down where I lived below, no fish, none not one zero. The fish must be smart 'cuz no dead fish either, so they must stay above the area where they dump. Back on track, the Air Resources Board here, shut them down after 6 months, forced them to put essentially giant catalytic converters on the stacks and it ended the visual smoke, particulates basically. Did the same for us here as emission controls on cars, trucks,planes and trains did for Southern California and that was clean the air. I remember us laughing all of it off as a plan with no results to be gained, but we were wrong, the dark haze of the skies dissipated in both of these states to a noticeable degree. The river carries no fish below the mine but that is credited to non fish friendly levels of natural minerals being introduced in larger than normal amounts. The only reason I believe that statement is the lot of folks I grew up with aren't dead as we swam and drank the waters of the river all summer for years as well as everyday after school in hot weather. So I think the practice of buying pollution rights should be stopped after a limited grace period where no effort is shown to correct the problem.

      Sadly the rulers are for sale and people don't care enough to follow through with efforts to stop it in many cases. It is a testament to the extreme left, that as bad as I think they are, there exists some good to their madness. So we just need a healthy balance between the left and right to move forward in a manner that serves everyone. It's like in business, if I think your not paying enough, and you think your paying to much, we are probably at the right price. 50

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      zzron Dude! Thank you Sir!

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Tantrum! I don't get this pooping in our sandbox stuff. I appreciate your support Tantrum.

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      9 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Cool hub brother :)

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      9 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      Hey !! Great hub !I think all the world is polluted right now.It's more like Hell than Paradise. Paradise lost !What the Devil!....


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