to Nicholas Johnson's Coralville Rain Forest Web Site
Time to Move On
Iowa City Press-Citizen
December 3, 2005
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The leaders of Coralville have imposed stipulations on the project leaders, and the project leaders in return imposed stipulations on the city of Coralville. This is the perfect face-saving situation for both parties. Each can point to the other as the reason the project failed. This boondoggle can end and everybody can move on.
Soon the Environmental Project leaders will tout Dubuque as the next ideal location. When that happens we will almost have this project where it belongs.
During the next three to four years, we can watch from afar as the parties negotiate. Then one morning the leaders of what was once known as "Iowa's Child" will announce the next ideal location. The memory of "Iowa's Child" will fade as "Wisconsin's Child" is unveiled. To the Environmental Project leaders, goodbye, good luck, but don't let the door hit you on your way out.