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Re: E-M:/ All My Communities:The Grinch who stole Meridian

Enviro-Mich message from "Karen D. Kendrick-Hands" <kdkhands@voyager.net>

WAY COOL! Does MEC or enviro-mich have an enviro-poet laureat of the decade
award.  I nominate the author!!!!

At 11:02 AM 12/23/99 -0800, you wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
>The Grinch Who Stole Meridian
>(with apologies to Clement Moore and Dr. Seuss)
>T'was three days before Christmas, and Meridian Twp. Hall 
>Was packed with citizens heeding the call.
>They had come through the snow, one hundred souls strong, 
>To tell DEQ something here is dreadfully wrong.
>Meridian, a place of neighborhoods and beauty
>Is being lost to officials not doing their duty.
>The Township, they say, is being lost 
>Acre by acre to those for whom cost
>Is just a modest and temporary glitch
>That stands in the way of becoming quite rich. 
>And helping the developers achieve their pursuit 
>Are Trustees who clearly don't give a hoot.
>The citizens had come festooned and adorned 
>With hints of holidays temporarily forsworn
>As they sought, with all of their hearts and their minds 
>To win back their hometown, once peaceful and fine. 
>These people were wishing and begging and pleading
>That the DEQ staff do what the township is needing.
>"Paving is covering our township, and lots of big boxes 
>are driving out greenspace for wildlife like foxes. 
>Soon we know that floodwaters will be unimpeded
>As stores and development, largely unneeded,
>Cover most of the ground, and block off the recharge
>of groundwater for wells in a township now grown large.
>"And what of the traffic, 10K trucks and cars? 
>And what of pollution that blocks out the stars? 
>The sounds and smells of a worsening lifestyle
>that is destroying what has made Meridian worthwhile. 
>We know that our township won't stay just the same 
>But where is the balance that must be reclaimed?"
>The developer's spokesman, a Grinch of a man, 
>Intoned in words both patronizing and bland
>That these issues are simple, and can't be denied 
>The Company he works for, the one that's called Eyde 
>Will have what they want, its a foregone conclusion
>So stop all the complaining, and forget your illusions.
>His words, though striking our hearts like a dagger 
>Held a truth that makes our democracy stagger.
>For the battle fought was engaged long ago
>When none of the citizens were at all in the know. 
>Seems the developers of every stripe and condition 
>Helped finance the campaigns that won the election.
>The DEQ staff, well-meaning and candid
>Gave the crowd a chance that let them expand 
>upon their concerns, to document and admonish 
>A Board that has done much to astonish
>The people of Meridian with their disregard so deep 
>For the public trust we thought them elected to keep.
>But in the end these state officials explained
>That the limits of their power left them quite pained. 
>They have authority only to deal with the wetlands
>And floodways, and that most of the demands
>Of the citizens, though all thoughtful and well-founded 
>Are by weak state laws fundamentally confounded.
>The decision's not made, but the message was clear 
>The DEQ cannot right the wrongs occurring here. 
>The Board that has voted without a concern
>For any citizens (other than those who have earned 
>Their support and attention by buying it outright)
>Must be changed if this Township is ever to be set right.
>So Meridian citizens, as this hearing's memory fades fast 
>Make a commitment to not repeat the past.
>The time has come to reclaim our Township's soul 
>And reverse the damage by turning out at the polls 
>Next November, and before then to build a demand 
>For leaders that respect our people and land.
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Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
Air Policy Director,
East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Co-founder, Transportation Riders United
1067 Devonshire Road
GRosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
313.885.7588, fax 313.885.7883

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