Friday, October 30, 2009
Where's the Journal's Spine?
The Rapid City Journal today ran the most milk-toast whine on their editorial page I've ever seen. In essence it said, people are ignoring signs telling them to not feed the ducks at Canyon Lake. There's a surprise, especially since our city council refused to impose stiff fines for feeding the ducks. And, they even told the public that they were going to place the signs but not inforce the fines. So we have waterfowl crap in our water supply. A whole lot of it.
The Journal says it's hard fix the problem because the ducks are so cute and feeding them is so cute and our kids and grandkids are so cute as they feed them. It makes such good snapshots. It's just hard.
And we have more than twice as much duck crap in our water supply.
Oh, and the state Game Fish & Parks has told the city not to call on them for permission to kill a bunch of the ducks if they aren't going to take decisive action to stop people from feeding them. Hooray for GF&P for not falling for the "couldn't we just feed them and then kill them" attitude taken by the council.
This is not hard. Start with a $50 fine. Ticket a few people and make sure it gets into the media that the city is enforcing the fine. Second offense: $500. Third offense: jail. This is our water supply folks. C'mon Mayor Hanks, don't you have enough problems. are you prepared for more water contamination problems. C'mon council, grow a pair. We all know it's politically unpopular to prohibit duck feeding. But the ducks are out of hand.
Canyon Lake is among the biggest messes in Rapid City. The ill-conceived design and failed channel-steering project along with unchecked growth in waterfowl populations have resulted in a stagnant, putrid, dangerous, stinking cesspool. And, there's nothing cute about it. It's bad for us. It's bad for the ducks.
The fix is easy, council and mayor. Just do it.
Posted by Michael Sanborn at 4:23 PM