Just when the Draper prison relocation nonsense had subsided, it again raises its ugly head in the media ("Moving Draper prison seems to be in the cards," Tribune, Jan. 24). The people who would profit are really desperate for the 750 acres of prime real estate the prison occupies.
The governor’s handpicked feasibility committee and some of the Draper City fathers say that instead of mini-malls and McMansions they want to build office buildings and business parks. Can you imagine the additional pollution and congestion this vital corridor would endure?
Currently a fender bender or a small fuel spill causes hours of delay. I guess we could add 20 lanes and 100 or more on- and off-ramps to handle the additional traffic. What an improvement that would be!
Some of our leaders are pushing the prison move for only one reason: profit for the insiders. The taxpayers really need to unite and stop this selfish endeavor. We deserve to be well-served by our leaders and not be used for profit. Our only weapons are votes, phones and mail.
The result of a move would be unfortunate. In its present location the prison does not pollute or cause congestion; it is handy for employees, visitors and inmates. What’s not to like?
Donald J. Justesen
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