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Re: “County officials blindsided by Lake Maumelle watershed amendment

((@Who ate my damn cookies?!!)) I will say three things here in response to your post: (1)This was not the only article that I am talking about; other articles assert a supposed alliance between Deltic/Kochs and the landowners (as well as well-meaning JP's) I believe that JP Denton deserves respect, not scorn. (2) There is no "alliance" between Deltic/Kochs and the landowners or the landowners and anyone else. That some of us find ourselves on the same side has very little to do with alliances. (3) You say, "it would be nice to get all of the interested parties in a room without any politicians, lawyers, or lobbyists. Perhaps some real common ground could be found..." Maybe this amendment gives us a real chance to do this. This is the real spirit of JP Denton's amendment. If you really read it, it is stricter than anything else previously proposed. It gives us all a real shot at consensus-building. The landowners want to protect the watershed. We have protected the watershed for years.

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Posted by Joseph Dorer on 03/02/2013 at 8:34 PM

Re: “County officials blindsided by Lake Maumelle watershed amendment

Every time I read one of these AR Times Blog articles or even think about what I've read, I am filled with anger. Deltic Timber??? The Koch brothers??? These are supposedly the people paying everybody to speak or vote a certain way at PCQC meetings??? Where were Deltic or the Kochs when my PE teaching father did everything he could buy the land and house that he was renting in order to keep it from being sold out from under his family? Where were they when the stress of denied loan after denied loan almost ended this dream? Where were they when this dream was finally realized? Where were they when my brothers and I as children were picking-up aluminum cans alongside AR Highway 300 hundred to help make this dream possible? Where were they as we kept Lake Maumelle in pristine condition all of these years? Where were these people when the sudden horror of this land-usage and zoning plan finally hit-home within our hearts--that what our family has fought for was being threatened by outside interests. Who are these people that you keep talking about in your articles??? They certainly are not there when I finally muster-up enough courage to inadequately express my views in PC Planning Board and Quorum Court meetings. They certainly aren't there as my mind races at night trying to figure a way to help others within the county understand the small landowner's point of view. And this is just the story of me and my family, and how Deltic Timber and the Koch brothers play no role in our lives. Within the Lake Maumelle Watershed, there are many,many stories more compelling than this. This is our homeland that you are talking about; these are our lives that you are talking about; outside interests have nothing to do with this.

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Posted by Joseph Dorer on 03/02/2013 at 11:09 AM

Re: “County officials blindsided by Lake Maumelle watershed amendment

JP Denton is someone who is willing to stand-up to pressure and ensure that small property owners in the watershed are not crushed by larger interests, while at the same time protecting the watershed. It took a tremendous amount of courage and understanding of a very complex issue for him to do what he did.

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Posted by Joseph Dorer on 03/01/2013 at 11:15 AM


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