Letters to the Editor

The first step in recovery is to admit you have a problem and that’s what the city of Clinton must do regarding their sewer problem.

Ignoring federal requirements on sewer systems for 30 years does indeed have a way of catching up to you. Claiming the rules were not taken as seriously by municipalities as they were by federal agencies is blatantly false.

Every other city worked to meet guidelines while Clinton continued to dump its sewage in the river. Sadly, Clinton has a long and colorful history of remarkably dim decisions on waste.

100 years ago, the city collected garbage and dumped it off the high bridge.

Cities down the river were rightly not pleased so Clinton decided to burn its garbage, right downtown for the next 40 years, driving out several food manufacturers. The term “unfunded mandates” has a nice ring to it, but also resembles a child’s blame game of pointing fingers at others.

The harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing. Nothing that has meaning is easy. “Easy” doesn’t enter into grown-up life.

Clinton needs to grow up.

Al Taggart,

Coralville