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Time to Move On

Tim Borchardt

Iowa City Press-Citizen

December 3, 2005

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Willie Nelson sings "I just can't wait to get on the road again" -- and the Environmental Project leaders appear ready to hit the road again, too. Faced with growing skepticism and little results, the leaders of the project are planning for failure in Coralville by entering into discussions with Dubuque.

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.

Tim Borchardt
Iowa City