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  • Letter to the editor: Bullies need boundaries

  • I respectfully disagree with Dan Field's conclusion in the My View column of July 10, 2014.
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  • *Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a My View titled “Our lake: it is what it is” by Dan Field published in the Thursday, July 10 Lake Sun.
     
    I respectfully disagree with Dan Field's conclusion in the My View column of July 10, 2014.
    Certainly there was a time in our nation when roadways did not have speed, size, or weight restrictions and there were no rules regarding alcohol consumption while driving a vehicle.  As more and more folks purchased cars and roadways became congested rules were necessary.
    I visited the Lake for 18 years before becoming a full time resident 6 years ago.  Back then, while you felt comfortable and safe in a small boat, each year you saw more and more bits of plastic foam befouling the water everywhere you looked.  Chunks floated past and washed ashore.  As the number of docks on the Lake increased and the wakes of the larger and larger boats tore them apart, to paraphrase Dan, someone must have cajoled, lectured, preached, or scolded because dock owners were told to encapsulate the foam that supported their docks or face serious consequences.  Yes, the cow went back in the barn.  Imagine what our Lake would look like today if someone had not taken a stand. Rather than driving residents and tourists away, more and more are attracted to the beautiful, clear water of the Lake of the Ozarks.
    I disagree that the only way to deal with a problem is to look the other way.  Bullies need boundaries and everyone benefits.

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