I read with interest the article in the Sunday, May 4, 2014, Herald Bulletin in which you announce the upcoming “Explore the World in a Day” event to be held at Hoosier Park.
Your coverage of Canoe Country, a locally owned business operated by Robbie Mixell, is good, and you help the readers to recognize the wide reach of Mixell’s business, which, last year, the article indicates, hosted visitors from 27 states and nine different countries. Implied in the article is that Mixell’s business is the sort of which Madison County can be proud, and that it exemplifies some of what is best about “backyard tourism” in Indiana.
Strikingly absent from your coverage, however, is the fact that Canoe Country is one of the 40-plus areas businesses that would be flooded should the proposed Mounds Reservoir become a reality. As I read this article and viewed the accompanying photo of canoeists enjoying the free-flowing White River, I could only wonder how many of your readers were aware of the irony of Canoe Country being “front and center” of the article, given the threat this business is now experiencing.
Of course I am aware that the purpose of this article was to promote “Visit Indiana week,” not to address the CED’s dam proposal. However, the omission of this critical information about the threat to Canoe Country, the business serving as your exemplar of tourism in Madison County, lacks critical information that the community could benefit from knowing.
Marian Osborne Berky