Letter to the Editor

Still flooded in

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dear Editor:

This letter is to inform the residents of Shell Knob and Barry County that the band-aid that the county did for the flooding problems in Big Bass Bend didn't work. So far this year, for approximately 20 percent of the year, the only road in or out of Big Bass Bend has been under water.

I just want to thank all of you who voted yes on the ten-cent tax levy for the Central Crossing Fire District for increasing the injustice upon your fellow neighbors. If this isn't injustice, I don't know what is.

This is clearly taxation without representation. When we get flooded in over here, we have no fire protection, first responder response is slow, we have no real protection from law enforcement, school buses can't pick up the children over here, etc. We also have no trash service, mail service, propane delivery and so on. Essentially, we have none of the protections or tax-paid services that everyone else in this county has.

There are about 60 people that live over here full-time, and according to the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, demographics of the population of 3,226 that makes almost 2 percent of the population is deprived of tax paid and essential services when the lake level is above 929 feet elevation.

Thanks again,

Lonnie Vogt

Shell Knob, Missouri