No room for apathy

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What happened to the days when passionate people stood up and made their voices heard?

Take the ballast water issue, for example. I know boat and engine manufacturers have met with the Environmental Protection Agency. And I know the NMMA has assembled a panel of experts to discuss this serious issue at the American Boating Congress.

So I was surprised when I saw only one story on www.boatblue.org, a Web site that was created to launch a legislative and grass-roots awareness campaign. I clicked on testimonials, and I got a blank sheet. I clicked on News and I read one story. I clicked on Take Action, and I got another blank sheet. I clicked on information and, guess what: another blank sheet.

Legislators pay attention to grassroots campaigns. They love to say they listened to their constituents. But if lawmakers clicked on to www.boatblue.org they would be dismayed.

State your opinion. Take advantage of this Web site to make your voices heard. Otherwise, recreational boating may find itself with another serious problem on its hands.

Do you agree?

Lois Caliri
Editor
Soundings

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