I am sure you are all interested in our guest visiting the Nowak Room tomorrow.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R) A New Yorker article 8 pages.
If you have time to read a 300 page report I have linked below, then you could attend the meeting tomorrow morning . Really, showing up without a basic understanding of the issue would be a waste of your time. This document was prepared by John Hall who will also be in attendance. The report is skewed to buttress the positions of the naysayers. Throughout his presentation of this material to the House Oversight Committee Mr Hall refers to the lack of public participation. This report requires several cups of coffee to plow through. The average Joe will have glazed eyes early on in the task . His presentation rather than refuting the science that was done,merely poses more questions. So, we have a former EPA guy, with lots of credentials, now out on his own battling his former employer, the EPA. We got Guinta struggling to bond with his constituents, and Issa, the wealthy( wealth still, unfortunately, implies alot to some) Chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee ( most news outlets place the word “powerful” in front of the committee name, they use the “wealthy” tag too for Issa) who is tasked with the distasteful( to some) job of needling our President and all Cabinet Departments.
We have to clean up the Great Bay, we have to start with the Treatment Plants.We have to begin. We also have to address the notion held by many that if you have a septic field you are exempt from cost sharing. Everyone will pay to clean up our waters. Here, there and everywhere.That’s my opinion. Some politicians are not helping to move us forward in this goal. They are obstructionists.Both parties engage is this behavior.
We really need a new way forward, this is not working.
Term limits is a great start, and checking a bio before you vote someone in, you can do that now.
I am growing very tired of this continued wrangling and inaction on the Great Bay and the low public participation in the discussion. I have tried to understand why people won’t step off the corner and move. I thought it might be that the Great Bay is largely concealed, if you don’t own a boat, or kayak. There are no great vistas from the comfort of your car, the Bay is honestly quite hidden. Is that it? Or is it money, is that it? The numbers floated around for the treatment plants are all messed up. They include 20 years of operating costs. That’s really lame stuffing that number in to scare people.
I have been to Alaska and many National Parks. I imagine those that have not yet had that wonderful opportunity still hold those places dear. I certainly did prior to my journeys and still do. Just knowing it’s there, protected, cared for, you might someday get there,and you want it preserved for your arrival.
“Welcome to Yellowstone”
Scheduling this meeting in the Nowak Room (tiny) on a Monday morning really says alot about the oft stated desire for more public participation.
Here is one more, phosphates, they made your dishes come out clean from the dishwasher, and your clothes cleaner. They aid in suspending solids. Phosphates were banned in 16 States in 2010. They are not good for waterways. The Net is rife with message boards of complaining citizens, discussing driving to other States to get the “good stuff”. The Manufacturer’s just dropped it, why make soap for just a few States. So now we got people adding TSP from the hardware store to their daily washing chores.
Don’t do that.
“We have met the enemy and he is us”