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Pointing the finger
In March 26 Issue

Several fiscal courts in the Lake Cumberland area have issued resolutions stating they feel the Corps of Engineers is the major issue with the problems at the Wolf Creek Dam and much of the resulting economic woes.

Blaming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for problems at Wolf Creek Dam seems a strange way to ask for a helping of President Obama’s stimulus money.

The Russell Fiscal Court has joined in with other counties around the lake in pointing a finger at the Corps and the manner in which it  has handled  the situation.

While we have never agreed with all of their decisions, in this situation we cannot see anything but complete transparency and concern of the Corps in handling this severe problem at the dam.

We fully understand the resolution is an effort to draw attention to the area and to try and gather in federal stimulus money. But, is placing the blame finger at the man who holds the deed to the farm the way to get it done.

In our opinion the Corps of Engineers has taken many steps to keep the economic impact of the repair project to a minimum. In addition, the protection of lives has been and should be the top priority.

While we certainly can’t blame the problems with the facility to the Corps of Engineers as we do not believe the caves and caverns under the dam were their fault.

The Corps has been most supportive in extending boat ramps, and etc. They have shown much concern over the reduction in visitations due to the lake level and have assisted by promoting media days at the dam and by assisting with getting the word out showing we still have plenty of water for recreation and fishing at Lake Cumberland.

We, like many others, have felt for a long time the lake area should be more accessible to visitors by having new, wider and safer roads to the marinas and additional parking.

We all forget sometimes the lake is operated under the federal guidelines of flood control versus  recreational which makes many issues more difficult.

We certainly support all efforts to gather stimulus funds to the lake area as this could be extremely helpful. We certainly need  new roads to the marinas, parking areas at the marinas and etc. This could be a great opportunity to gather the support and funds to do these things.

But, it would appear to us, we would be better served to to try and obtain the Corps of Engineers support in this issue instead of placing the blame at them.

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