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John Taylor, 05/01/06, Letter to the editor, Saginaw News

Lone Tree praise

Editor, The News:

Regarding "A Lone Tree for vigilance," April 22:

I am a resident who lives along the Tittabawassee River. As most residents who live in the Tri-County area, I was indifferent and apathetic when it came to our environment. I believed the state Department of Natural Resources when it stated the waters were safe to use and the fish good to consume with limited consumption advised.

I had faith in my government as I felt safe in the knowledge that the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Natural Resources would protect us.

This was all prior to the revelation that high concentrations of dioxin were discovered near the confluence of the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers.

Admittedly, I did not know what dioxin was. So I did a little research on the Internet and discovered just how toxic this stuff really is.

Through an article in the newspaper I discovered the Lone Tree Council was having monthly meetings regarding the environment. So I started attending a few.

I also started to write to my government officials in Lansing and Washington. Through this minor involvement I became alarmingly aware of the crisis we were dealing with.

All I can say is thank God for the people who comprise the Lone Tree Council and have made a lifelong commitment to protect our local environment. If it wasn't for them, we would be living in a quagmire of toxic soup much worse than it already is. I know I speak for many residents who live along this watershed when I express my gratitude.

They are all we have to look out for us and help protect us. The politicians from both parties have proven to be useless in regards to this dioxin crisis. They either turn a blind eye or blatantly defend Dow. They should be held accountable.

John Taylor

Thomas Township

Twilight Zone

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