A threat to city water

The city of Waco has been deceitful with its citizens and irresponsible in future landfill planning. The proposed landfill is an expansion, not a “new landfill,” regardless of the wordsmithing or plot-numbering city officials may perform. They have even been able to influence our newspaper into reporting this as a “new landfill” when it clearly is not.

Anyone with common sense can look at the map and see it is an expansion. This, however, is not the first deception the city has been giving the citizenry to cover up its lack of landfill planning.

In 1992 the city signed an agreement not to expand the landfill past its current borders. The city neglected to begin looking at alternate future landfill sites upon reaching this agreement. In 2004 the city spent taxpayer money to purchase land adjacent to the current landfill with plans to break its agreement and expand the landfill.

When reminded in 2005 they could not expand at the landfill based on the settlement agreement reached in 1992, city officials still neglected to begin looking at alternate future landfill sites. In 2011 the city spent more taxpayer money and purchased more land adjacent to the land they purchased in 2004. Now, in 2017, they are trying to claim this will be a “new landfill” and they need it in this location because they’re out of time and the current landfill will be full in the near future. Yet the city has had 25 years to look for alternative landfill sites. Did they plan on breaking their legal agreement way back when they signed it?

This is the same city government that is telling its citizenry that the landfill does not drain into the South Bosque River feeding Lake Waco and our drinking water. The current landfill is not far from the South Bosque and, more importantly, from the lake. The runoff does drain into the South Bosque and underground aquifers are impacted. Expanding this landfill puts it closer to the South Bosque River and doubles the size and amount of garbage that water filters through before running off into the river or feeding into the watershed through underground aquifers.

City officials are deceiving their citizens into believing they can contain this. To cover up their lack of long-range planning, they are now prepared to put the lake and our city drinking water at further risk.

Lisa Stewart, Lorena

Tale to tell

All 108 double stitches are necessary to complete a solid baseball. My congratulations to Coach Rod’s shortstop for his mettle-batting in the bottom of the ninth inning against A&M in Sunday night’s Minute Maid game. Down to the final out and owning a losing score — almost — that last man standing sent a grand-slam missile over the left-field fence to walk-off an amazing victory for our home team. Tucker Cascadden’s grandkids will hear about that ball. Mine already have.Kay King, Eddy