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XX KLSWA Is Out Of Compliance With State Statutes, Says Its Own Board Members Page 3 Douglas Officials Looking At Possibly Putting Dredge Spoils Facility At Schultz Park Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING March 11, 2016 Vol. 14 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN No. 11 McClendon Will Be Missed RJ Peterson Aubrey McClendon was a man of vision. Based on the then relatively new technology of fracking and hori-zontal drilling, he foresaw that huge amounts of previously untapped oil and natural gas could be removed from the rock and shale. His persistence and hard work resulted in dramatically increased oil and gas production. Now the money we all pre-viously spent at the pump can be spent for other purchases or saved. Aubrey eliminated our nation's energy dependence on hostile foreign countries, and at the same time effectively gave every American a raise in pay. I believe Aubrey's first visit to Saugatuck was by boat, the same as my first visit many years earlier. Aubrey was very impressed by the dunes and the harbor entrance. The same for me. Aubrey had a vision and I, too, had a vision. The big dif-ference was that Aubrey had tons of money and I didn't. Aubrey was able to purchase the Denison property and employ very skilled engineers and architects who designed a truly first-class con-ference center. His plan preserved the dunes, created 150 good-paying jobs, doubled the township taxes, and included public and handicapped access. The economic benefits to our community would have been phenomenal. Unfortunately, it was a bat-tle from the beginning. In spite of generous dona-tions to many local institutions, Aubrey and his employees were never welcomed by the community. Instead, aggressive groups formed under the guise of environ-mentalism aiming to destroy this man's vision for his Singapore Dunes property. Now, instead of a dynamic conference center, we will get only a few million-dollar waterfront homes and no public access. Without the vision of Ed Printz, Holland would be like Benton Harbor. Without DeVos, VanAndel, Meijers and other, Grand Rapids would be like Gary, Indiana. Aubrey McClendon's pass-ing marks a final and serious missed opportunity for the Saugatuck -Douglas community. Aubrey McClendon would have been good for us all. And we will miss him. Local Observer Making It Easier To Advertise, Get Terrific Ad Rates For The Winter & Spring Seasons In an ongoing effort to make it easier for advertisers to find out more about our low rates, special discount ad package deals and more from our various print, email & text advertising businesses, the parent company of The Local Observer -Perspective Media Corp. -will now provide a 24/7 telephone number so you can immediately reach one of our operators so we may serve you better and more quickly. All you have to do is call (269) 244-3744 -and our operators will quickly link you to the person who is best able to answer all your advertising questions. We can immediately email, text or fax you all our advertising rate sheets, answer your questions and give you the best advertising deals in all of West Michigan. Call today for info on our Special Ad Promo Package! CALL: (269) 244-3744

McClendon Will Be Missed

RJ Peterson

Aubrey McClendon was a man of vision.<br /> <br /> Based on the then relatively new technology of fracking and horizontal drilling, he foresaw that huge amounts of previously untapped oil and natural gas could be removed from the rock and shale.<br /> <br /> His persistence and hard work resulted in dramatically increased oil and gas production.<br /> <br /> Now the money we all previously spent at the pump can be spent for other purchases or saved.<br /> <br /> Aubrey eliminated our nation's energy dependence on hostile foreign countries, and at the same time effectively gave every American a raise in pay.<br /> <br /> I believe Aubrey's first visit to Saugatuck was by boat, the same as my first visit many years earlier.<br /> <br /> Aubrey was very impressed by the dunes and the harbor entrance. The same for me. Aubrey had a vision and I, too, had a vision. The big difference was that Aubrey had tons of money and I didn't.<br /> <br /> Aubrey was able to purchase the Denison property and employ very skilled engineers and architects who designed a truly first-class conference center.<br /> <br /> His plan preserved the dunes, created 150 good-paying jobs, doubled the township taxes, and included public and handicapped access.<br /> <br /> The economic benefits to our community would have been phenomenal.<br /> <br /> Unfortunately, it was a battle from the beginning.<br /> <br /> In spite of generous donations to many local institutions, Aubrey and his employees were never welcomed by the community.<br /> <br /> Instead, aggressive groups formed under the guise of environmentalism aiming to destroy this man's vision for his Singapore Dunes property.<br /> <br /> Now, instead of a dynamic conference center, we will get only a few million-dollar waterfront homes and no public access.<br /> <br /> Without the vision of Ed Printz, Holland would be like Benton Harbor. Without DeVos, VanAndel, Meijers and other, Grand Rapids would be like Gary, Indiana.<br /> <br /> Aubrey McClendon's passing marks a final and serious missed opportunity for the Saugatuck - Douglas community.<br /> <br /> Aubrey McClendon would have been good for us all. And we will miss him.<br />

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