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Will there be progress?

By Terry S. Rider


Several months ago, there was an article in the paper about a Highway 69 bypass project that was going to begin sometime in the future.

My question is, why do we need a bypass around Osceola from the north? What purpose will it serve?

It seems to be a total waste of taxpayer money and will not serve a single purpose other than to eliminate traffic from the downtown area, not that there is much in the first place, especially from the north.

Who takes care of Highway 152? I think I read that the county does. Does this make sense?

My hats off to the CCDC and CCRC, you got your vote on the 1 percent tax for the lake project, and now you have finally gotten your money from Lakeside Casino, to the tune of 3.1 million dollars.

I know what the paper said will be done with this money, but what was not said is how much the lawyers received that settled this case out of court.

This lake project has been going on for the last 10 to 20 years, and you are now trying to force families to sell their land by taking them to court.

How much money has been paid to lawyers so far from the time the lake project started to today? Will it be worth the price?

Outside of the three businesses in the industrial area west of town, how many are in the works to be added? I don't see a desperate need for water as CCRC is making it sound.

I agree that we, nor the planet, can sustain life without water, but we waste more water and food every day than any other species on mother earth.

Now, about recycling. Very few people recycle, even though Osceola now has curbside recycle containers. You removed the recycle container at Hy-Vee, so now, what does that do for people who live outside the city limits who want to recycle?

You either haul your recycle to another bin in Woodburn or Murray, or your recycle goes into the landfill somewhere, or in a ditch along our country roads. Real smart.

There could have been a transfer state and recycle bins at the Clarke landfill, but oh no, the city said we don't need it, so the county followed suit and said we can't afford it.

By the way, I go out on occasion and pick up 5-cent cans, bottles and plastics here in the local area.

Back in my day, kids would be out there picking them up for spending money or money for their Scouts or little league.

The politics of the lake project, landfill and recycling continues. Let's see how things progress now.

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