Thanks to federal Judge John Adams for taking so long to review Akron’s plan to fix the combined sewer problem.
Thanks to Mayor Don Plusquellic for being fed up with the delay and pulling Akron out of the process, petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency for a different program.
And thanks to the EPA for having an “integrated plan” process for this problem that allows for green infrastructure, and to the Akron folks who pushed for its use to address the problem.
Akron can join the vanguard of cities that build attractive wetlands in neighborhoods, require landscaped water collection spaces in parking lots, encourage green roofs on commercial buildings and rain gardens on residential lots, and so much more.
We can choose to bury hundreds of millions of dollars in underground pipes and in tanks, or we can spend that amount to build good things in our neighborhood that gratefully accept rain water, use it, then put a small amount of it into our sewers.
Last days of Congress
Before radio and phones and television and the Internet, we had Congress. It was a pony express-era version of how we got our voices and votes to Washington, D.C.
But it is the current Congress that is obsolete and ineffective. Its members are quickly becoming history, and they know it.
That’s why they’re retiring to become lobbyists, to get that last bit of money and power. That’s why they went into “the bunker” in Ohio to redraw districts that maintain their position and economic control. That’s why they’re joining think tanks to try to influence the next generation of voters.
It’s sad to watch. They’re mostly people who started with good intentions. It’s the people who are in charge.
Fueling a conspiracy
I find it interesting that several rubber companies were recently charged with price-fixing but, apparently, there is nothing wrong with oil companies and gas station owners and operators routinely engaging in collusion and price fixing.
Of course, it could just be coincidence that all area and regional stations raise their prices by exactly the same amount at exactly the same time.
I suppose it’s also possible that all simultaneously received higher-priced fuel deliveries. Many class-action lawsuits have been filed with far less justification.