Renewed interest in dealing with Wildcat Creek welcome

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I am very encouraged by the recent articles in the Mercury and Wednesday’s editorial about Wildcat Creek. My home is on Wildcat Creek, and although I live high on a bank on the north side of the creek, I annually watch the creek spill onto the Optimist softball fields to the south and have witnessed the havoc it causes in the neighborhood. 

Through the years I have been meeting with groups to advocate that the issue be appropriately addressed. I am hopeful that this renewed interest in tackling the issue will serve as a catalyst for the “political will” necessary to act.

Let’s not set up straw op-ponents when they may not exist. There are many folks in rural areas who understand that we all are dependent upon one another for goods and services in the city. People in Manhattan are clear that they may not drive on all the roads and bridges of Riley County, but we do need to fund them. Now add to that flood control of our Wildcat Creek. Riley County knows how to work together, so let’s get to crackin’ on this issue.

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