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Updated: August 12, 2013 11:35AM
Marquette Park is great,
but needs a sweeping
My family (from around the state) visits Gary beaches about a half dozen times a year. This 4th of July was our first highly anticipated visit to the newly renovated Marquette Park.
The renovations are fantastic. The lagoon, aquatorium (both inside gardens and out), playground, parking lots, pathways and concession building are fantastic! And it will undoubtedly get only more beautiful once all the grass comes in.
The police and fire department presence was great!
However, the beach was filthy with all sorts of trash. I realize the high waves from the previous days surely washed in much of the debris, but the beaches, at least in front of the main pay-to-park lots, should have been machine swept, especially before a major holiday.
It does little good to have millions in renovations but fail to keep the park clean.
Additionally, the lifeguards were very professional and friendly but whoever instituted the new rule of no “dunking” or climbing on another swimmer’s back, in the water, needs to re-evaluate. Come on, a lot of needless whistle-blowing was the result.
Overall a wonderful four days at the Gary beaches. The Hidden Lake fireworks were also fantastic.
In abortion debate, the cost of adoption often left out
I have been following the “Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life” debate for years. I personally have not faced the decision to abort or not abort a pregnancy.
My daughters are 17 and 14. I’m more concerned about them than me.
One aspect that I think has been sorely lacking in the discussions is the cost of adoption.
Why are Americans going to foreign countries to adopt? Why aren’t the conservative groups focusing on this issue?
Why the waiting? Who is profiting from adoption? Why doesn’t anyone talk about this?
Yard waste answers wanted
I emailed the appropriate office to inquire about pickup of yard waste — which I had dutifully placed in now decomposing, environmentally friendly bags and bundled in small bunches tied with decomposable string, that sat for a month next to the curb — and was told that the trucks were in disrepair, but would be out to my area the coming week.
Meanwhile I was given a solution that Waste Management deemed “less harsh.” I questioned whether that advice was contrary to what I had read about methane gases in landfills. In other words, was this solution safe, or would this add to pollution?
The emails stopped when I asked whether the solution was better for the environment (Gary’s community), or one of convenience for Waste Management (corporate America)? I really want to know.