So, good locals are writing to the Sun News with real concerns. Here is another:
First, the bad news from the past. It was 50 years ago that our Cuyahoga River caught fire, and more than once. That helped make Cleveland be called “The Mistake on the Lake.” That was all due to poor EPA regulations. Yes, the city was dirty and our river was a sewer.
The good news: Cleveland has made a great comeback. We are the city on the grow. People are moving back into the city. Along with loft apartments along the river (former historical warehouses), there are Tremont homes selling for a half-million dollars. What a beautiful view of the city and river.
We now have clean manufacturing, and our local steel mill is the most productive (per man hour) in the world. Also, the medical industry has provided many good jobs and good health for us.
More good news: Our river no longer burns, and there are fish in the Cuyahoga. Now people enjoy the river, too. At Merwin’s Wharf, there are skull boat racing, paddleboard events, kayaking and a beer pedal boat for those that like crazy fun. It’s now OK to fall into the river. Our Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie are precious.
Now, the bad news: President Trump has appointed Andrew Wheeler to head the EPA. Yes, that is the same CEO – of a coal mine – who relaxed safety and EPA standards and many miners died. Now, as head of the EPA, he plans to relax clean water, clean air and some safety regulations.
Will our river burn again? Think about it. Say something. Do something.
Gene A. Kuch,
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