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Re: E-M:/ Shutting down Gov't: Who ya gonna call?

As an outsider looking in, it would appear that Robert McCann of the DEQ is pretty upset over concerns and comments made by Luanne Kozma regarding the connections with Whirlpool in the development of Jean Klock park, and the withholding of information.  Robert is a press secretary for the DEQ, it would appear.
Just curious why, instead of addressing Ms. Kozma's concerns or trying to resolve those concerns, there was instead an emotional and somewhat defensive retort made.  I didn't read anger in Ms. Kozmas comments, it seemed rather like frustration,  which made me question the lack of cooperation.  Should our (yes, the they are hired to work for the citizens, thus the "our") DEQ employees be offended if citizens sound frustrated and upset when issues are not addressed and if they are questioned as to why information is withheld?   I am wondering where the baseless allegations are?
Perhaps Mr. McCanns' anxiety regarding DEQ employees losing their jobs in Michigan equals that of the citizens in Benton Harbor who wonder about losing their park and their lifestyle? 
n a message dated 9/28/2007 2:02:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time, kdhunter1@sbcglobal.net writes:

and you find out that they are in collaboration with a major corporation taking over your park-- and they won't even give "you"--or anyone in your community--say, environmental reports, or, maps, or give you time to speak at meetings,


I acknowledge the tone of anger in the message from which the above quote comes.  I don’t have any proof that the lack of cooperation received was/is because of racism.  But the lack of cooperation, whatever the cause, doesn't seem like a "baseless allegation" this appears to be first hand experience.  It also seems like something the government should address even as we give the DEQ folks the benefit of the doubt on acting in good faith.


Kim Hunter  


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Bonnie Shupe
Friday, September 28, 2007 11:49 AM
To: Robert McCann; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net; Anne Woiwode; LuAnne Kozma
Subject: RE: E-M:/ Shutting down Gov't: Who ya gonna call?



Enviro-Mich message from "Bonnie Shupe" <bonnies@CANNONTWP.ORG>



I agree.  I have worked with staff from DEQ and DNR and I've never met one who hasn't been cooperative and gone out of his/her way to help me with what I need.  I've found everyone to care very deeply about the environment and put in extra time (of their own) to get things done properly.



Bonnie Shupe Blackledge

Cannon Township Clerk

6878 Belding Road NE

Rockford, MI 49341

Phone: 616-874-6966

Cell phone: 616-204-0085

Fax: 616-874-8940

Email: bonnies@cannontwp.org

Web site: www.cannontwp.org


-----Original Message-----

From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Robert McCann

Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 10:01 AM

To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net; Anne Woiwode; LuAnne Kozma

Subject: Re: E-M:/ Shutting down Gov't: Who ya gonna call?



Enviro-Mich message from "Robert McCann" <mccannr@michigan.gov>



LuAnne -


While having open discussions and airing our disagreements are both a healthy part of any public process, I'm very disappointed with the tone of your email.  Today, the entire staff of the DEQ is wondering whether or not they will even be able to report to their jobs next week because of the budget impasse, and using this as an opportunity to attack them over the decisions that have been made on this project is completely inappropriate.


The DEQ is required to make difficult decisions based on what the law tells us.  You may disagree with a decision, and you may even disagree with how that decision was made, but to make baseless allegations about why those decisions were made does not solve any problem nor does it help any cause.


I have worked with the DEQ staff for about 3 ½ years now, and during that time I have never ceased to be impressed by the dedication our staff has to doing their jobs and protecting Michigan's environment, often under difficult and thankless conditions.  We of course have disagreements with the environmental community at times, but we have never been unwilling to listen to their concerns. 


In the future, I would encourage you work with us instead of falsely attacking our integrity.  If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.  I can't guarantee that we'll always agree with one another, but I can guarantee that we can all do more good by communicating with one another in an open and honest manner.







Robert McCann

Press Secretary

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Phone:  517-241-7397

Fax:  517-241-7401

Email: mccannr@michigan.gov 


>>> LuAnne Kozma <luanne_kozma@yahoo.com> 9/27/2007 10:43 PM >>>

This  assumes that when "you" call government,  they might actually respond. I suppose if "you" had an ammonia leak at a school and "you" were in, say, Novi, you might get a speedy response.


When "you" call your trusty DNR and DEQ and senators and congressmen and other elected leaders you are  black and live in Benton Harbor... and you find out that they are in collaboration with a major corporation taking over your park-- and they won't even give "you"--or anyone in your community--say, environmental reports, or, maps, or give you time to speak at meetings, or ....wait, your Congressman is in the family of the major corporation that gave money to the governor.... then "you" don't get government to work for you at all.


NOW who ya gonna call?


There has been plenty of money earmarked for pet projects that benefit Governor Granholm's campaign contributors like Whirlpool executives and state police complex landlords.


When will the rest of the State stand up to this outrage and get government to answer to and represent the people, especially communities like Benton Harbor, instead of corporations and special interests who pay their way to push huge boondoggles like the Harbor Shores Elite Golfers' Paradise? (Which isn't a done deal by the way).


We must save Jean Klock Park from a Michigan government answering to power, not the people.


Take a little time off guys, and think about who you truly serve.


LuAnne Kozma



Anne Woiwode <Anne.Woiwode@sierraclub.org> wrote:              st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }           By Monday we may be forced to test the theory posited by some pundits and electeds that government is over-rated.  Who needs it?


  So, think about "who ya gonna call?" when there is a pollution disaster in your neighborhood.  How's about hydrogen sulfide from a sour gas well?  What about an overflowing toxic waste lagoon spilling into the lake?  And what about spills on the highways that drain into drinking water sources?   Maybe an ammonia leak near a school  -- oh, maybe the schools will not be open for long anyway.


  State government IS shutting down.  We hear that legislative staff have been told that they should not expect to show up Monday.  Emergency meetings in the Administration have been deciding how to shut it all down -- prisons are staying open, but not much else. 


  So when the lights and the voting board in the House and Senate Chambers get shut off for non-payment of electric bills, will they be able to buy a chalk board and chalk to keep track of votes?




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