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  • Our view: Rocky Miller taking common sense to Jeff

  • It has been a long time since Lake of the Ozarks had as effective an advocate as state Representative Rocky Miller.
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  • It has been a long time since Lake of the Ozarks had as effective an advocate as state Representative Rocky Miller.
    In his first legislative session, Miller appears to have solved one of the lake’s most pressing problems: the constant overreaction and ineptitude of the governor and Department of Natural Resources regarding water quality. Despite the fact that no one was ever recorded getting sick or any other actual problem, DNR and state government in general did a fair imitation of Chicken Little for years.
    DNR closed beaches controlled by the state for bad water samples, creating an image nightmare for the lake community. Meanwhile, all around the lake, people were in the water without ill effect.
    The governor compounded the error by using the issue as a chance to draw attention to himself. Even when it was decided that geese were at fault for fouling the water around the Osage Beach recreation area, there was no effective action taken to resolve the matter. Rather than kill the birds and feed them to the poor, they tried, unsuccessfully, to shoo them away.
    Within days of being sworn in, Rep. Miller came up with a common-sense solution. Adjust the way testing is done and how it is announced and do not spend a lot of time running in circles and waving official arms. He filed House Bill 51 which would have required DNR to come to its senses.
    Expecting an official face slapping, DNR decided to do what Rep. Miller suggested without the need for legislation. This is huge for the lake area and it is an excellent example of what our representatives are supposed to be doing in Jefferson City.
    If there were more reasonable, thinking people like Rep. Miller in Jefferson City we would all be a lot better off.
     
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