This is nothing short of a bribe, my friends. That is what the gas industry does at every turn. These donations are bribes in exchange for allowing the industry to literally destroy the lives of the local people: their health, their environment, their soil, their air, their water, their livelihoods. And just as important: their SILENCE. Who is going to complain when these corporations of mass destruction have given money to charity, sponsored fall festivals, held pleasant town meetings with refreshments, and fixed the roads they have demolished or will demolish? These nice gestures ease the pain of life during and after drilling. Never mind that it is the essence of condescension and perhaps even contempt. Our lands have something they want which is going to make them extremely rich. They can afford to be very nice.
The mission of the house is to alleviate the additional emotional burden on patients and their familes while enduring a medical crisis. While it is good that people in need will be helped, it is still tainted money. It is almost like a poison apple. Perhaps it is appropriate that Chesapeake Energy give this money since its presence is making people sick with all manner of ailments, many serious, some fatal. In recognition of this gift, Chesapeake will be named the title sponsor of the Guthrie Gala for the next five years. I find this to be so objectionable! Don't let this corporation lull us into thinking they are doing us any favors. They aren't.