|Mason City Globe Gazette obituary for Alex Kuhn. |
(Photo: Special to The Des Monies Register)
— verse from a poem to Alex Kuhn from his father, Mark, after his son's death, (Basu, Des Monies Register)
It's not just community and family that are betrayed by factory farm corporations befouling and depleting water.
A young man in Iowa is now part of the carnage.
Extraordinary reporting by tells the story of a brilliant, socially conscious 34-year-old man driven to suicide last year by people with no conscience.
Trolls and bullies drove Alex Kuhn to suicide for successfully standing up for clean water in his capacity as a Mason City councilman. Basu wrote the feature-length piece because the Mason City paper, the Mason City Globe Gazette, ignored the harassment that Kuhn's father substantiated.
|Alex Kuhn served his community in Mason City, Iowa|
"Two months later, Kuhn shot and killed himself, after his friends and family say he was pressured and blamed for the outcome," reports
Is this where Wisconsin is headed? Illinois?
From Rekha Basu:
With his youthful good looks, intelligence, political pedigree and knack for getting along with everyone, Alex Kuhn was often likened to a young John Kennedy. He grew up around both politics and farming, having clerked for his father, a former Democratic state representative now on the Floyd County Board of Supervisors, and helped on the family's 850-acre farm in Charles City, southeast of Mason City. After graduating from high school there in 2000 and Iowa State University in 2004, he went to Houston, Texas, to student-teach. But when his father was injured the following year in a farming accident, Alex returned to help.
What is wrong with people who harass a man to death for defending water?
Water is life. Not everyone understands or cares, though.