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We must renew commitment to Clean Water Act

Updated: November 16, 2012 6:08AM

As Clean Water Act turns 40, we must renew our commitment to it

I wanted to share some interesting points about upholding the Clean Water Act, which has turns 40 this year on Oct. 18.

The following are facts generated from the Earth Justice website.

“Clean water is a bipartisan issue with a long history of bipartisan support. Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 with the broad bipartisan support of two-thirds of Congress.

Congress passed the Clean Water Act with the goal of ending the use of our nation’s waters for discharge of pollutants by 1985. Clearly we have missed that goal by a longshot, though we have made great progress in cleaning up our waterways for swimming, fishing and drinking water.

Still, industrial pollution, toxic dumping, sewage overflows, extreme energy extraction and many more problems continue to threaten the waters on which our families and communities rely.”

At this time, we need to ask our elected officials to renew their and our nation’s commitment to the goal of keeping our waters pure for swimming, fishing and drinking. Humans, animals and plants rely on fresh, unadulterated water for survival.

Let’s remember that the Clean Water Act is a fundamental right and should have overwhelming bipartisan support. The act is crucial to public health, well-being and local economies all across the nation.

Jennifer Falbo-Negron


John Dalton will carry out judgeship in a manner fitting of the office

“Your Honor, Honorable Judge ... .” That title represents a person of integrity and dignity.

John Walters has proven, by the way he is running his campaign, that he is absolutely not deserving of that title. I want to know that the person elected to be judge is trustworthy and will follow the law. I’ve known John Dalton for many years now and have always found him to be fair and treat others with the respect they deserve. Already a trustee at Elgin Community College, becoming a judge is his opportunity to give back even more to a community that he feels has given a tremendous amount to him.

More than 25 years of experience as a lawyer with complex litigation experience and 10 years as an arbitration chairman, Dalton’s qualifications far surpass those of his opponent Walters. Dalton is a person that Kane County can count on to carry out the position of judge in a manner that is deserving of the title “Your Honor.” Join me in voting for Dalton on Nov. 6 for a safe and just community.

Betsy Couture


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