I stand amazed as I watch the progress being made by the Superdud Cleanup program. Everywhere I go in the Valley there are signs that say "men and equipment at work" With bated breath I look, trying to catch a glimpse of such a grandiose sight. But, alas, all that I can see are a few bulldozers sitting idly by, and a few men in orange vests standing around a shovel and eagerly checking their watches to see if it is break time again.
As I drive down the streets of Osburn and Wallace, I see yards torn up, driveways turned upside down, and yellow tape, looking suspiciously like a crime scene, roping off barren space.
Ah, yes, many folks in the Valley have been the recipient of a beautiful new yard, compliments of the USA government, and your tax dollars. How nice!. I, however, remain a mite skeptical of the whole process. Why? Because they seem to pick about every other yard to do their home makeover. Just what criteria do the use ot determine who gets a governemnt sponsered yard?
Oddly, the peopel next door to my parent's home needed a new yard and driveway, but my folk's yard was fine, except for my mother's flower bed, whcih they tore up one day when my parents were not at home. My mother came home to find her flower garden dismantled by the EPA. So, I guess, somehow, the lead leaped over my parents' yard, and ended up in the neighbour's driveway. Hm, wonder how that happened!
Anyway, I guess the cleanup is all right, but I kind of miss Lead Creek, the barren hills of Kellogg, and after all, a little lead didn't hurt me, didn't hurt me, didn't hurt me, didn't hurt me.