Saturday, October 29, 2005
K. C. Star: State on verge of saying yes to Moark
Today's Kansas City Star features an article which outlines the disdain with which Moark has treated the environment and the law...and then goes on to say that the company is just about to receive permission from the state to expand its Neosho facilities. The article begins like this:
"Moark, an egg-producing company with 2.6 million laying hens, has been in business for years without a state operating permit.
For years it violated pollution laws, enraging many residents in the region. And when Missouri reached settlements with Moark to bring it into compliance, the company did not abide by them.
Now Moark wants to add 2.5 million chickens to its flock — and Missouri is on the verge of saying yes."
Later in the article, Missouri Department of Natural Resources director Doyle Childers,pictured, following along the whatever business wants is good for Missouri line that has been the hallmark of state politics in 2005, actually says that Moark will be a better neighbor if it gets to expand. This is like saying that businesses will take all of the things that have been done this year to make life easier for them in Missouri and pour that money back into raises and better benefits for workers. Our government leaders appear to either be living in a fool's paradise, or they just don't care as long as the campaign contributions keep rolling in.