Just plain goofiness

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2001

The opposition to the golf course has reached the point of just plain goofiness. We have a private group seeking to construct, at private expense, a major asset for the community. Totem Creek has spent four years and $500,000 seeking permits. It is as if no one in government has ever seen a golf course. A golf course is simply a park-like recreation area. Yes, a golf course will have some minuscule adverse environmental impact. Libraries, museums, ski areas, ball parks, tennis courts, ice rinks, fishing docks, boat launching ramps, harbors, hiking trails and picnic areas all have some minor environmental negatives. That is a given far outweighed by the benefits provided. You shouldn't need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to understand that.

It is time for our elected officials to explain to the employees, especially those whose responsibility is so narrow that they miss the big picture, that government's proper role is to help rather than hinder those trying to improve our community.

W.D. Overstreet

Juneau



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