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Re: DN editorial on corridor

Priscilla's comments are on target.

Here's an example of how the Universities could be of help. The clay extraction project at Bovill ceased when Simplot could not make a profit.  The profits actually were derived not from the clay as much as from the discard (Silica).  By using the expertise of the University to value add the clay/discard to say  product/s (paint, etc.), leave the area environmentally sound,  supply engineering/business expertise, help in local work force development, etc.,  then the local rural  economy would greatly benefit.   State/Local tax revenues would increase and the revenues would filter down to more dollars for education, social programs, etc..

I believe, that the original role and mission of the Land Grant University was to help in rural development.  U of I received about 240,000 + acres to help with this objective.   Thanks for reading,  Jerry

At 10:40 AM 04/27/2002 -0700, Priscilla Salant wrote:

The Daily News had a good editorial this morning about Whitman County
Commissioners and their vote on permitting a concrete plant in the
Moscow-Pullman corridor.  The paper took the position that the
commissioners are unwilling to take public opinion into account in the
permit decision.

I agree about the importance of public input.  And I dread the day when we
have four or five traffic lights on Highway 270.  Nonetheless, I've always
had a sinking feeling that the Whitman County Commissioners simply have no
other option but development -- WHATEVER they can get -- between Moscow and
Pullman.  Like elected officials in most rural counties, they face
unrelenting fiscal pressure.  Residents want more services but are
unwilling to pay higher taxes.  And there is a very small tax base in a
sparsely developed area like Whitman County. 

The Daily News editorial board advocates "quality" development in the
corridor.  But to my knowledge, not a lot of quality developers have
stepped up to the plate.  I once had a pie-in-the-sky idea that the two
land grant universities might help come up with some creative, bold
thinking about how to address the commissioners' dilemma.  Boy, was *I*
dreaming ...

Anyone else have thoughts on this?

Priscilla Salant

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