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I thought the letter was well-written,
his point of view well-taken, and his concern should be all of our
from Tom Leith]
So many times we jump at the chance
for what we deem to be an improvement in our lives, only to find
that we didn't give it enough thought and must then live with our
I was appalled to learn that the
explosive arc extended 2.5 miles from the proposed site, and that it
encompassed the better part of the city… the county courthouse being
only 1.5 miles from the site. I find it also hard to believe that
the state Safety Division would stand by and condone such
construction so near to the city, when it is known that the city
falls within the arc. If the construction plan has the state's
"stamp of approval," I would like to know who signed off on it and
why, as well as who is trying to pushing the issue through without
closely examining the consequences of their action.
Having been the commanding officer
of an ammunition storage depot in Europe, I take
explosive arcs very seriously.
It is just a figure until an accident happens; then the reality sets
in and everyone asks, "Why weren't we told?" THEN IS NOT THE TIME TO
CORRECT THE SITUATION. Place the plant farther out in the county.
[to top of second column in this letter]
As you can see from my e-mail
address, I am presently in Germany, but I have been following this
issue via the Internet. I am not a resident of Lincoln, but my past
experience in ordnance (and explosive arcs) causes me some concern.
As I followed the issue, I kept asking myself, "Why does it have to
be built so close to the city? The only answer I can come up with is
that the "city fathers" want it within the city limits for the extra
taxes; if it were to be built farther out, the taxes would go to the
county. Isn't this true? The city should settle for the added income
from personnel working at the plant and pride themselves in putting
the safety of the city before other considerations.
U.S. Navy, retired
(Posted April 25, 2005)
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