Our right to hold our government accountable to law is the backbone of democracy. Politician Rebecca Jackson's recent attack on River Fields is a brazen attack on that right.
Founded in 1959, River Fields has over 2,000 members throughout this region. We have preserved over 2,200 acres, for the public, forever, including the 400-acre Shelby Trails Park, which opens this week.
Last week, a group led by Jackson and a successful developer unleashed a campaign to fool the public into believing that River Fields, rather than a lack of funding, is the reason for delays in the bridges project.
This campaign has no basis in fact. The phone number they display for River Fields goes to their political consulting firm. The photograph they display is of a house in Canada. They say we've demanded studies, when federal law has required studies. They say we've filed lawsuits, when actually we have filed only one lawsuit on the bridges, and that has not stopped the project from proceeding.
So what's the real reason the project is stalled?
There's not enough money to build the bridges, and there's no realistic plan to come up with the money.
Here's the truth: Regardless of what River Fields does, or doesn't do, the bridges are not being built because, to quote the Bridges Authority, "Funding is yet to be determined."
Go to www.riverfields.org to learn more.
I'm Lee Cory, President of the Board of River Fields and that's my…Point of View.