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Old 12-07-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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Incredible waste of money

Federal Government property at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie, MI. The lock park and visitor center is well kept, with sidewalks lined with shade trees for people waiting for the big ships to enter the locks. Some federal bureaucrat has decided to make the park "historically accurate" to the 1940's by having a contractor cut down all the trees and plant new ones. Unbelievable...
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:37 AM   #2
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Federal Government property at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie, MI. The lock park and visitor center is well kept, with sidewalks lined with shade trees for people waiting for the big ships to enter the locks. Some federal bureaucrat has decided to make the park "historically accurate" to the 1940's by having a contractor cut down all the trees and plant new ones. Unbelievable...
I guess the next logical step for our brilliant legislators would be to sink all of the modern ships and replace them with Liberty ships to be "historically accurate".
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:12 PM   #3
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Now a lot of people dont know this but........TREES WEAR OUT OVER TIME.....(cough cough).... Yes folks, Trees wear out and they must be replaced. Think of all the leaves they have produced over the years and all that ''shade'' they have provided and all those limbs that are favored by birds to build their nests and the squirrels that have ran up and down those trunks digging in their little toe nails and doing stuff like that. (hack hack) And think about this. Replacing these old ''worn out trees'' will provide jobs for wood cutters, wood hauler offers, limb raker uppers, hold diggers, tree planters, survey people to align the new trees in a nice line. hole filler uppers, several supervisors to watch the complete process and pass judgment on the complete process and of course Bureaucrats to come out and ''dedicate the new trees as politically correct..(cough cough) These new trees could solve our un employment crisis and you un liberal minded people dont even see that.
Of course this is just my opinion, yours may be different....(hack hack)

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Old 12-07-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
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There may be another reason... However without research I can not tell you.. So I'm going to ask YOU to do the research.

What kind of trees are those?
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Maybe they need the wood (i know they don't use wood) to make paper money to replace the 100 dollar bill printing fiasco.
Government can’t print money properly - Yahoo! News

I would gladly help out sorting this money for a small cut.
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How about if they really make the area historically accurate... Like to the time BEFORE the locks were built!

I think they just need to replace the trees, as they require replacing due to age, disease and/or damage with the (I assume) indigenous trees. That would make the most sense to me. But then I'm not a politician who has unlimited access to other peoples money.
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Lorna I used to live about a mile north of those locks in Canada eh! Those trees were replaced every time a locks system was rebuilt and made larger. So it looks like the bureaucrats have now run out of building money and they are now starting to use their redecorating money.

It sure is nice have a country nearby who throw money around like it grows on trees (no pun intended) to make it purdy for us furinors to come visit alla time.
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... Lorna I used to live about a mile north of those locks in Canada eh! Those trees were replaced every time a locks system was rebuilt and made larger...
I pretty much figured that one out. When they needed more parking, they more than likely cut down a few trees to make room for the bigger parking lot. I'm sure that they had no problem taking out the trees. Kinda funny, they want to replace the trees not just add more of them.
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To give more info, I also thought, upon first seeing the tree removal, that it was a disease issue. After researching it, I found that it was not disease but the mentioned "historically accurate" reason. People around here are upset bigtime.
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DFR you obviously still live close. I enjoyed my years at the mill in Soo ON but couldn't handle the winters. I also remember all the problems around rebuilding the rapids for the native fish and on my last visit I found that the province of Ontario made all our work moot by closing the rapids to fishing, bureaucracy run amuck.
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Yeah, I'm still here. Right now the windchill outside is about 5 degrees farenheit. We received about 8 inches of the white stuff today. I tried to tell the DW to winterize the coach by moving it to a warmer place but she wouldn't go for it.
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And the unemployment rate in MI is what? Sounds typical ..
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