Legislation is being introduces By Sen. Durbin  that would keep out the Asian Carp from the Great Lakes area by using the Army Corp. Of Engineers to block off the Mississippi from the Great Lakes. Living in the Great Lakes area  of  Illinois, I wonder if this is wise and what would happen if that is done?

 Would this get rid of the carp that is there and killing off plants and fish? How would they stop the carp from increasing in numbers and have a problem anyway? Not to mention the money that would be thrown into this?  This is a question.

 I can see the only way to do this is to dam off the area from the Great lakes. What would happen to shipping and coal vessels and the towns that depends on that and food goods? Not to mention employment being killed off more. How can they get ships though?  This writer disagrees on this part.

   Finally, this writer feels that there is more study needed before a cut off is made that will only be a temp answer and make the economy worse and poorer also. Congress better try something else not waste time and money on this project!

   p.s. I seen a little comment from the same paper ( that shall be nameless) that states  ‘YOU MIGHT BE A REPUBLICAN IF …. YOU EVER TOLD A CHILD THAT OSCAR THE GROUCH LIVES IN A TRASH CAN BECAUSE HE IS LAZY AND DON’T  WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY.’  Excuse me? you mean those who are able to work but choose to rip off the system paid by us the hard-working American. Not those who are in real need In this conservative Democrat’s opinion! I am not the only Democrat that thinks this! Oh for November to get here.

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  1. The biggest problem with closing these locks is the effect it would have on the jobs that depend on the shipping industry that uses this waterway. This is clearly a political stunt done by these politicians to get their names in the news. A study by Depaul University has said that closing the locks would cost over $500 million in the first year alone. If you want to see more about why this is such an unecessary, job-killing idea, check out this site: http://www.unlockourjobs.org/the-issues/the-cost-2/.

    • 500 million? That is a lot of money we can’t spend now. There has to be a better and cheaper way to battle this if needed? Keep in touch!

      Robert L. Jones

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