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Wasted Vision

Mike Thayer

Daily Iowan

December 16, 2005

See also: "Iowa Rain Forest Albatross," Sick of Spin! [blog], December 14, 2005, at

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What started as a very promising and visionary project has now turned into a complete boondoggle. Spending years stuck in the planning stages, and with the city of Coralville at one point totally embracing such potential, rain-forest managers have squandered the opportunities extended to them. They have failed to get serious and basically have been unsuccessful in doing what is necessary to break ground.

The good people of Iowa should not support any further public funding going toward this mismanaged project. Management had its chance, a second chance, and now perhaps a third? As far as I'm concerned, at this point, rain-forest officials blew it big time and deserve no more chances.

Contact your elected leaders and ask them not to disappoint a growing group of voters by awarding these rain-forest jokers even a nickel of public assistance of any type, from any level of government.

Mike Thayer
Coralville resident