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Rain Forest Not Worth Tax Money

Paul G. Jagnow

Iowa City Press-Citizen

October 3, 2005

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Thanks for calling attention to the rain forest project in your recent editorial ("Rain forest funds at risk after Katrina," Sept. 24).

It seems to me that almost any project would be a better use of tax dollars than the rain forest. As far as I can tell, only those who would directly profit from the rain forest support it. I have no friends or acquaintances who support the project.

In addition, the rain forest math doesn't make sense. Similar projects in very large metro areas are not making money. The numbers dreamed up for the Coralville project are unrealistic, to say the least.

It appears to me that the project is being used to justify other construction and that there is actually very little interest in the rain forest.

Rain forest funding should be withdrawn.

Paul G. Jagnow
Iowa City