A more vocal voice for the Great
Northwest Indiana Times
Our opinion: This new consortium just might be the solution
to preserving a valuable asset for future generations.
A week after a congressional hearing focused on who is
in charge of keeping the Great Lakes clean, there was
a welcome announcement that a Great Lakes Cities Initiative
Still in its nascent stage, this initiative -- with only
an office in Chicago and an executive director -- is open
to leaders of municipalities lining the shoreline from
here to Ontario. It is to have a cohesive, strong voice
protecting and restoring these precious natural resources.
Among the group's major goals is involving the mayors
in a Great Lakes restoration plan, something the governors
of the Great Lakes states have begun.
Gary Mayor Scott King is Northwest Indiana's only mayor
involved in the group. King should not hesitate to encourage
his counterparts in other Lake Michigan communities to
join this coalition. The more voices speaking as one,
Ironically, at last week's congressional hearing, there
was a challenge to define who is leading the charge to
coordinate cleanup efforts of the Great Lakes.
Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, chairman of the Governmental
Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management,
wanted to know if "there is an orchestra leader who
knows what all of you are doing and is coordinated."
He got no response.
The new Great Lake Cities Initiative might prove to be
If the elected leaders of this group can come together
to deal with not only the specific needs of their states,
but for the overall good of all Great Lakes communities,
this consortium just might be able to preserve a valuable
asset for future generations.