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Munitions expert concerned about explosive arc       Send a link to a friend

Dear Editor:

I thought the letter was well-written, his point of view well-taken, and his concern should be all of our concern. [Letter 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 hasty decisions.

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.

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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.

Paul Bateman
U.S. Navy, retired

(Posted April 25, 2005)

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