Letter from the Front

Beauty has always been around us. A Church, a water fall, a square, an historic park, a Roman road, a bridge made of stone, a fresco. “Made in Italy” is an inheritance that comes form our past. Our aesthetic sense has created objects, fashion, furniture and machines  and exported them to the whole world.
Then the mayors arrived.
Attila was an amateur. Wherever he went the grass never grew again.
The mayors go beyond that. Where they go, incinerators and dumps grow. We need to get to the trenches. Protect the territory for our offspring and out of respect for the generations that have gone by. Every day I receive letters from citizens at the front Courage, Italians! Let’s take back our homeland!

Dear Beppe,
I want to tell you about the umpteenth piece of disgusting urban planning, to the detriment of citizens, and to the advantage of certain “local clever clogs” that will lead to the devastation of an admirable green area on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The author of this masterpiece is the local administration of Castelletto sopra Ticino, a DS Cabinet.

Castelletto before

Castelletto after

They have already felled a quarter of the 2000 trees and this Friday, 30 March, they even have the courage to celebrate the festival of the trees!”

Dear Beppe,
I live in Cernobbio ( Lake Como) in a condominium looking out on a green area with a small football pitch, bowls, benches and a play park for children, costing 247,000 euro.
Our lady Mayor has decided that this green area must be destroyed. In its place she wants to construct a temporary (a way of speaking) collection centre for refuse, ranging from plastic to batteries, to oils, other big stuff and so on. That’s all just 20 metres from our windows. Apart from the refuse, just imagine the trucks coming and going to take the big containers away and the to-ing and fro-ing of the cars making use of the area.

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Naturally we are showing our opposition, in every (legal) way but there’s nothing to be done. That’s why the letter from Dr Fenaroli doesn’t surprise me”


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If could be of any help,and it is aldo very funny,is the movie "the castle",the davide golia battle beetwen a big corporation,and a single citizen,ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | April 3, 2007 02:37 AM

Dear Ernesto,

it is not true that " Nothing can be done ", as you say, even if I understand how you feel and how common these feelings are.

What is very true, however, is that this is how
people in power want us to believe and think, so
that we will behave accordingly, and make it very easy for them to manipulate and control the people on whose lives they trample upon:

" We are big and powerful, and you are small and insignificant ", is a very powerful and clever
piece of psychological warfare, very useful to
remove, or discourage in advance, opposition that could otherwise stand up to them and what they do and, if determined enough, do so successfully.

Many so called " small and insignificant ", or so called, " ordinary " individuals, have set extraordinary examples, and have changed the course of history, and brought many times to their knees very seemingly powerful ( and arrogant ) opposition, just with the power of truth on their side.

So, my advise to you is, think again and do whatever your conscience tells you is the right thing to do, to change what you can change.

You could start a domino effect in a positive way . . . :-)

Posted by: Stefano Manfreo | April 2, 2007 11:19 PM


Try to dump a couple of exhausted batteries and motor oil in front of the Mayor's home and see how she will take it.

Some people are like cats: they shit in your corner until you don't shove their face into their shit to make them understand that they must not do that: probably that mayor is stupid like a cat.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | April 2, 2007 07:00 PM

Well... I understand how you feel. Our council (in West Central Scotland) decided it was "ok" to build a mega Asda supermarket (Walmart) in the middle of a residental area..

now we have traffic... noise... and light pollution from 08:00 hrs -> 22:00 hrs (they would like it to be 24 hours) Kids can't sleep because of the bright lights.

The road department said this wasn't a feasible situation, but the council allowed this to happen.

The people rejected this plan but it happened anyway.

It's a global problem...

What price is progress ?

Posted by: Brian Hall | April 2, 2007 10:34 AM

No place is ever good for anything.

Factories are never welcome. Nuclear power stations are not welcome. Trash is never to be dumped anywhere.

Of course, this is all very understandable. I wouldn“t want that in my backyard either.

But doing nothing does not seem like a good solution either. No factories=no jobs. No power stations=no power (with the result that the NPS are just across the border and Italians pay dear to buy electricity). No trash anywhere=trash everywhere: even in the street.

How come these problems have been solved quite effectively in other places and cannot be solved in Italy?

Why not simply copy from other coutnries? How does France generate energy? How does Germany manage its trash and its factories“ poluution?

Sure better than Italy!

Posted by: Mike Thompson | April 1, 2007 06:17 PM

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