Category Archives: Environment

THE FALLACY OF THE KEYSTONE XL

The Keystone XL (the KXL) has caused quite a stir – Republicans are weeping and wringing their hands that 20,000 jobs have been lost and that we will never free ourselves from our dependence on foreign energy.  What a misguided … Continue reading

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EVERGLADES ADVENTURE

I am fascinated by all things in nature.  And, what better place to see a wide variety than in Florida?  My oldest son, Scott, and his wife, Lora, live in Sebring, Florida, so I decided to take off – once … Continue reading

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ON THE SHORES OF THE GREAT GICHIGAMI

A road trip clears the mind, inspires the heart and the soul, and invigorates the body.   I hadn’t taken a road trip since June of 2009 when I drove to Sebring, Florida, to see my oldest son and his wife.  … Continue reading

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BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK – BUT THERE’S GOT TO BE A MORNING AFTER

Need I say anything about yesterday’s election results?  Probably not, but I will anyways!  The morning after elections is always full of disappointments for the losing party and candidates, but it is also a time to regroup and understand that … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture and Food Production, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Congress, Democrat Party, Democrats, Environment, Farming, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Industrial farms, Marlin Stutzman, Mitch Daniels, Politics, Privatization, Republican Party, Republicans, Third District | Tagged , , , , , , | 38 Comments

AN ACRID AIR – 2,000,000 CHICKENS HEADED FOR JAY COUNTY

Imagine living beside a factory farm with 2,000,000 plus chickens.  That is what neighbors in Jay County are facing if an Ohio man has his way.  Keith Boeckman of Hoosier Pride Farms has applied for a permit through the Indiana … Continue reading

Posted in Air Pollution, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Cruelty to Animals, Environment, Farming | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

FLORIDA KEYS TO BE NEXT VICTIM OF BP OIL DISASTER

Reaching the Louisiana coastline just may not be the end of what has to be the most unforgivable oil spill disaster in American history.   Spewing forth what appears to be an unstoppable fount of greasy, heavy oil, the Keys and … Continue reading

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THIEME DRIVE TO UNDERGO SHORE STABILIZATION

I have written about Thieme Drive on numerous occasions with my primary concern the construction of an atrocious, 1100-foot long, 10-foot high concrete wall along the river bank at the intersection of West Berry Street, Thieme Drive, and Nelson Street.  … Continue reading

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ARMY CORPS TO BEGIN “TAMIAMI TRAIL” REVERSE ENGINEERING FEAT

Normally, I have little use for the Army Corps of Engineers.  After all, they are the ones who have worked hand-in-hand with the City to build the ugly concrete walls in Fort Wayne that were erected to stop flooding in … Continue reading

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BOTTLES ARE FOR BABIES

Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink ; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. The above is from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  Ah, how horrible to be surrounded … Continue reading

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MY FIRST FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I filed my first Freedom of Information Act request – better known as an “FOIA”  request – asking for information about Thieme Drive and the City’s plans to destroy it. I received a couple of calls from a city attorney … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Floods, Fort Wayne, St. Marys River, Thieme Drive, West Central Neighborhood | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments