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Featured Issue this week - What Would Obama Do?

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Gary cites the change in the feel of politics since the recent election of Barack Obama, stating that

Values and priorities have changed rapidly since November 4th. Secrecy, one-way messaging, and exclusion have been replaced with transparency, dialogue, and inclusion.  

What does this mean for the citizen action groups that are pushing for increased protection of the Great Lakes that the Compact neglects (i.e. bottled water loophole)?  Would open dialogue help narrow the gap between what citizens are asking for, and what some big environmental groups are advocating?

Read the rest of Gary's Featured Issue, and put in your two cents! 



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