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Area’s pollution problem a barrier to future growth

Explanations for the decline of the population in our area include lack of jobs, low birth rates, older population dying, lack of newer homes, and the absence of modern technology. To attract a creative class of young people technology will be put in place and they will come. A creative class of young people will think twice about coming here once they do their research and find that we have some of the most polluted air in the country. Given a choice they will not come here to live, unwilling to jeopardize their health or that of their families.

Perhaps the planners of this town should listen to the citizens before making any more plans.

What you will hear from the folks on the street sounds like this. “The pollution problem has never gotten better but we stopped complaining because our complaints fell on deaf ears.

“I am encouraging my children to leave the area as soon as they become self supporting because of the pollution.

“I would love to have my children living near me but in good conscience I cannot encourage them to move back here.

“If I had known about the polluted air here I would never have moved here.

“I am concerned about what is in the air and in the soil.”

This is not a perceived problem. People are leaving here and others are choosing not to come here because of the air quality.

The air pollution problem needs to be dealt with very soon. It cannot be swept under the rug as it has been in the past. The citizens of this county know how important jobs are to them personally and to their community but they realize that they do not have to settle for polluted air. Our citizens are sophisticated enough to understand that we can have both clean air and profitable industry at the same time. They also understand that it is up to those individuals who are representing us to see to it that we have the best of both worlds. Perhaps with that accomplished we will see an increase in our population of healthy and productive citizens.

Florence Beidler



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