John McCain believes in UFOs? Who knew? Maybe he believes in the Easter Bunny, too. But the real story here is Sarah Palin’s tenure as Mayor of Wasilla Alaska, where her policies supporting unfettered growth made the Lake Lucille an environmental death pit.
Commentary By: Steven Reynolds
Today’s funnies are ture. Heck, one comes from FauxNews, so it must bee true, right? It all reads like a 50′s B movie, though. John McCain evidently believes in UFOs. Yeah, I’m not making this up. OK, I don’t know if the FauxNews footage is real. It’s evidently from the beginning of a movie. Still, if believing in UFOs could contribute to the downfall of the McCain campaign, then someone ought to look into this McCain thing further.
So, first is the UFOs, and now the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Don’t you know that’s got to be outside Sarah Palin’s house. Everyone knows all those monsters in the 50′s B movies were caused by escaped radioactive material. Mothra, Godzilla, etc. OK, at least that was the metaphorical cause. As we practiced “duck and cover” in the classrooms, we thrilled to giant mutations attacking our cities on the silver screen. In Sarah Palin’s case, and right outside her door on Lake Lucille, it isn’t the a nuclear horror rising from the Lake Lucille, but the Creature from the Black Lagoon rising from a body of dead water. It’s not any creature at all. The lake is dead, useful only for float plane landings.
This one is a very real story. Sarah Palin claims that all Alaskans are protective of the environment. From salon.com:
Palin recently told the New Yorker magazine that Alaskans “have such a love, a respect for our environment, for our lands, for our wildlife, for our clean water and our clean air. We know what we’ve got up here and we want to protect that, so we’re gonna make sure that our developments up here do not adversely affect that environment at all. I don’t want development if there’s going to be that threat to harming our environment.”
But as mayor of her hometown, say many local critics, Palin showed no such stewardship.
Alas, because of the rampant development Sarah Palin sponsored during her time as Mayor of Wasilla, according to the article, Lake Lucille, already in dire condition, has become an overgrown pit where fish can’t live.
But while Mayor Stein tried to impose some reason on Wasilla’s helter-skelter development, and its growing pressures on Mat-Su Valley’s environmental treasures, when Sarah Palin took his place, she quickly announced, “Wasilla is open for business.”
“That’s for sure,” Church said. “Sarah was so eager for big-box stores to move in that she allowed Fred Meyer to build right on Wasilla Lake, and her handpicked successor, Dianne Keller, has done the same with Target.”
Under Mayor Palin’s reign, Fred Meyer, an emporium that sells everything from groceries to gold watches to gardening tools, lost no time in leveling a stand of trees overlooking the lake for its big-box store. When Fred Meyer applied for permission to pump the storm drainage from its parking lot – with all the usual automobile sludge – into the lake, outraged citizens finally cried enough.
“We mobilized public opposition,” said Church, who led the Friends of Mat-Su, a pro-planning group, at the time. “We forced them to put in ditches and grassy swales to catch the runoff.
“Sarah was such a great cheerleader for Wasilla, but she did nothing to protect its beauty. She’d go to these Chamber of Commerce meetings and say, –Wasilla is the most beautiful place in the world!’ And we’d just sit there gagging.”
A city official in nearby Palmer, who has lived in the Mat-Su Valley his whole life, sadly admitted: “Sarah sent the growth into overdrive. And now they’re choking on traffic and sprawl, all built on their ignorance and greed.
“I try to avoid driving to Wasilla so I won’t get depressed,” added the official, who asked for his name to be withheld, to avoid Palin’s “wrath.”
“You get visually mugged when you drive through there. I take the long way, through the back roads, just to avoid it.”
Wasilla City Council member Dianne Woodruff hears the same lament about her town all the time. “Everywhere in Alaska, you hear people say, –We don’t want to be another Wasilla.’ We’re not just the state’s meth capital, we’re the ugly box-store capital. Was Sarah a good steward of this beautiful valley? No. I think it comes from her lack of experience and awareness of other places, how other cities try to preserve what makes them attractive and livable.
Let’s say Sarah Palin was truthful when she said she wanted to preserve the environment. This evidence means she was a failure, far more interested in economic growth at the expense of the lake in her own back yard. Yeah, she lives on that lake. That kind of failure spells incompetence. She claims she thinks Wasilla is beautiful, yet can’t even see that the lake in her own back yard? That spells insanity, or lying to cover up her failure.
Of course, Republicans are not as concerned with the environment as Democrats, so this rape of the environment won’t cause her the support of the core GOP supporters. But independents should hear about this. Please pass the word.
Oh, just a little Palin bonus: What happened when Sarah Palin was asked if the Vice President’s office was part of the Executive Branch? Guess!