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Posted on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 : 11:29 a.m.

We need to stop the exportation of water from the Great Lakes to China

By Letters to the Editor

This letter is in regards to NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement). The president is now pushing for free trade with South Korea which I am totally against.

Take a look at how things are working out with China. They export numerous cheap items to our country tainted with toxic and cancer causing substances. It seems almost every month the FDA is recalling this junk including many items made for children.

One of the most toxic was drywall which contained sulfuric acid, why would you put sulfuric acid in drywall, many people were sickened from it. Every day our ports are filled with imports from China, how many of these items make it to the consumer without being tested for toxic substances. How many boats are loaded with exports to China from the United States? I dare say very few. Many jobs have been lost due to this one-sided trading.

The only thing they do import from us, which needs to be stopped, is water. China is the biggest consumer of Nestle, which sells several brands of bottled water and the plant is based in northern Michigan. When John Engler was governor of Michigan in 2001, he made an agreement with bottle water giant Nestle, allowing them to open a plant in Mecosta County. They have then pumped more than a 1/2 million gallons of water a day drying up streams and ponds that feed the Great Lakes.

I had no idea this was going on and always thought the Great Lakes were sacred. We need to get this stopped now by writing our governor, Congressmen and senators. I have had it up to here with NAFTA, and China, there is NOTHING free trade about this agreement.

Diane M. Schroeder Britton


David Briegel

Tue, Dec 21, 2010 : 8:15 p.m.

Hey, To the victor goes the spoils. Communist China won Ronnie's Cold War and can have as much of our water as they want. They OWN our debt and thus, US! D21, We better learn to like those carp. They will soon be ours! (btw great photo!)


Tue, Dec 21, 2010 : 12:10 p.m.

"How many boats are loaded with exports to China from the United States? I dare say very few" The US exports $70B/yr to China, compared to $300B/yr in imports. $70B is still a *lot* of boats.


Mon, Dec 20, 2010 : 9:04 p.m.

Why don't we export flying carp back to China (where it originally came from) instead of our water. China blows.


Mon, Dec 20, 2010 : 10:51 a.m.

Correlation does not imply causation. I'm not disagreeing water levels are currently down -


Mon, Dec 20, 2010 : 10:36 a.m.

@ antikvetch, good. you can help us dredge our dock again next summer.


Mon, Dec 20, 2010 : 10:03 a.m.

Math time! If Nestle doubles its consumption, the Great Lakes will be drained in 16,000,000 years. The Lakes were formed in the last "ice age" 10,000 years ago. A safe money bet would be that another "ice age" will occure in the next 100,000 years, which will render the Nestle problem moot, a dozen time over. Let's not sweat the small stuff.....


Mon, Dec 20, 2010 : 8:19 a.m.

And organizations like the EPA and the State are wondering why water levels are at an all time low? Greed!