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E-M:/ Water issue is part of Engler's legacy

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>

If you can overlook the computer typos, this is a column well worth reading.


It's appropriate that the portrait of Gov. John Engler was unveiled Monday, three days after Nestle announced that it would sue the state over rules governing bottled water.

The guy whose portrait was unveiled Monday welcomed the company into Michigan after it had been booted from Wisconsin with open arms and tax breaks (awarded after construction of the plant had begun).

Since Engler first welcomed the company to the state, people who've supported them have asked the question -- what is the difference between using water to make soda pop, and just skipping the ingredient middle man and bottling the water? It sounds reasonable.

It also skips a few issues.

Michigan's water belongs to its people. There are good reasons, steeped in state history, for this.


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