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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, Kansas, Mayor, Wasted land, mining waste, toxic, contaminated, sinkholes, federal government, sadness )

- 3347 days ago -
TREECE, Kan. -- Mayor Bill Blunk sees no reason for sugar-coating his opinion when asked to describe this town.


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Dee C (23)
Monday September 14, 2009, 5:33 pm
"“It’s dead,” he said. “Wasted land.”

Almost anywhere else on the map, such bluntness could cost a politician re-election. But not here. Mr. Blunk has the near-unanimous support of the population, 140 people or so, who are perhaps singular among residents of municipalities in that they all want out of theirs."

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Judy C (91)
Monday September 14, 2009, 9:44 pm
This is such an injustice. It made me think too, about the hometowns of my late Grandma and my late Aunt. They lived in Flat River and in Elvins, MO. The small towns are now consolidated as Park Hills, MO. The most prominent feature in town is the looming chat dump, a veritable mountain. My cousins, siblings and I, and innumerable local children played on the chat dump, climbing the mountain and sliding down over and over. This was in the 1950's and '60's. I ran across an article on the site a few mos. ago, which I posted on Care2. These KS residents should be relocated!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 14, 2009, 11:46 pm
This is a shame, such a waste. Thanks Dee.

Dan Goodwin (5)
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 4:30 am
Such a sad story....our government in and my wife's prayers go out to these people..

Mandi T (366)
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 12:24 pm
Tks Dee

Dee C (23)
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 1:16 pm
I give Mayor Bill Blunk a lot of respect and credit for not sugar coating this awful situation..I just wish someone would go in and help them..
It is a very sad shame..

. (0)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 4:23 am
It would be nice for someone to come in and make this into a buuuutiful town... unfortunately most have become ghost towns, and people do not want to invest in them

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 11:27 pm
Amazing to see that the Republicans who rail against "big government" and "government interference" and of course, "wacko environmentalists" are begging for the feds to bail them out and buy their contaminated hell hole...I think the Republican hypocrites should be barred from asking for EPA assistance for their citizens, as they did nothing but castrate the agency during the criminal Bush regime...and their citizens should wake up and take out the trash, politically speaking.

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