Archive for Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Make a difference

May 16, 2006


To the editor:

Mike Amyx knew when he was elected to the City Commission that this was going to be far different from the years past in which he served. Now is his chance to really make a difference. Amyx and Sue Hack need to stand up to the three amigos and their well organized group. As mayor, he needs to do what is good for the city, not a small vocal minority. He knows in his heart that the city needs the SLT. He shouldn't sign anything that sells him out. He should go with what the majority of his constituents want and need. Remember, we voted to go with this years ago.

Build it, Mike. Be known as the mayor that got it done!

Richard Koleber,



Kelly Powell 12 years, 1 month ago

Wow awoc, going straight to rude this morning, arent we? Let's get this over with....pretend I wrote something that you did not agree with....Now you call me a reactionary(insert political party here) jerk, and then all the other pirahnas will start tearing at each other until the entire thread is lost....again.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 1 month ago

Wetlands Saves Tax Dollars: Economical and Fiscal Pollution Control Wetlands filter water for free and thus lower the need for, or the loadings into, wastewater and drinking water treatment plants. Further loss of wetlands will lead to increased need for treatment plants and clean-up strategies. Water Supply Wetlands and major retention basins, providing large quantities of clean water for municipalities. Wetland losses will lead to loss of quality water supplies, requiring costly searches for new sources of water. Flood Control Wetlands help control flooding, and thus prevent the need for costly flood control projects. A one-acre wetland holds 330,000 gallons of water if flooded to one foot. Shipping By filtering tributaries and runoff, wetlands hold back vast amounts of sediment that would fill up navigation channels, saving hundreds of millions of tax dollars in dredging costs. Property Protection By preventing flooding and by acting as wave barrier to prevent coastal erosion, wetlands prevent loss of property. Property Values By serving as scenic open space and ad visual and sound buffers, wetlands enhance a community's amenities and therefore its property values. Tourism and Recreation By producing so much wildlife and fish, by serving as scenic open space, and by protecting water quality, wetlands greatly benefit businesses based on fishing, boating, hunting, swimming, and sightseeing, including the lodging, restaurant and service sector. Food Wetlands produce much of the fish harvested by the commercial fishing and aquaculture industries, and are the only place where cranberry, wild rice and other wetland crops can be grown. Natural Resources Wetland produce most of the furbearers for the trapping industry. Forest wetlands can be an important source of timber when managed properly. Fiscal and Tax Savings By performing all the above benefits for free, wetlands save billions of tax dollars by avoiding the need for costly flood, erosion, pollution control, dredging and water supply projects. They bring in fiscal revenues by supporting the recreation, tourism, food and service industries. By enhancing residential property values, they maintain higher tax revenues.

anonimiss 12 years, 1 month ago

Edit your comments before you post them. Shipping on the Wakarusa River? Fish, cranberry, and rice harvested out of them? Trapping along 31st street? Water supply-Lawrence gets its water from the Kansas River and Clinton Lake. Pollution control-okay, so they filter water naturally. But it isn't being utilized. Lawrence isn't shipping its poop into the wetlands, and a septic tank will work wherever it is placed. And I doubt if the wetlands being gone will make an impact on the 21st most polluted body of water in the US. Flood control-got me there. They work.

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