We are getting older and yes we are losing our hearing, teeth, eyesight, memory, religion and maybe it’s time to relinquish any supposed wisdom or special honor just because we’ve lived long enough to fall apart.
I have always respected an electric power company’s right to build power lines where they need them. I did not readily agree with my friend, Richard Quick, who was very concerned about one of the power company’s plans. He told me that a new power line was planned to cross his property as well as my nephew’s, Roy Masters, and mine. I agreed with him and joined the opposition of my friends in Eureka Springs and my friend Dick Kelsey, COO of the Passion Play, after I received more information.
I tried to file a petition of limited appearance with the APSC on May 3, the deadline, and was told that sending via USPS on that date, thus having May 3 postmarked on the envelope, would not be considered to be sent on time and thus I would have no opportunity to be part of the hearing. They did assure me that my petition would not be thrown in the trash bin, however.
A letter from the Department of Arkansas Heritage dated April 30, 2013 found the Environmental Impact Statement on the SWEPCO power line project to be grossly inadequate. They noted that each proposed route but the one in Missouri would be destructive of important Arkansas cultural, economic and historic resources that had been overlooked in SWEPCO’s haste to foist this project upon us.
Just because it looks like Eureka Springs may have swept SWEPCO from its front porch doesn’t mean we are through with them yet. We must keep the pressure on SWEPCO from all of NW Arkansas. But it would be even better yet to rid all of Arkansas from SWEPCO’S encroachment.
Thanks to all our parents and players and administrators and teachers and fans and community members and donors who helped make our Highlander Boys Basketball Silent Auction and Dinner Fundraiser a great success.