Football legend Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970) said “Football is a collision, not contact sport.” USA citizens understand football analogies even if not caring for the violence.

Regarding Lafayette’s I-49 drama, there seems to be little forthright contact/conversation/possible collisions between state/local elected officials and citizens who are concerned about our common future, especially threats to the Chicot aquifer if the proposed connector invades Lafayette.

As of March 11th no public servant has stood up in total sincerity to declare: “OUR AQUIFER WILL NOT BE HARMED BY THE PRESENCE OF TOXIC WASTE SITES ALONG THE PLANNED ROUTE.”

From a camera above the imaginary stadium this scene could be described as “59 minutes in the huddle” with minimal transparent contact between officials and those who challenge the project. Do elected officials serve with honor if they ignore hundreds of questioning letters from citizens? Why do local editors turn blind eyes to challenging comments from citizens who are concerned about threats from I-49?

The certain presence of toxic wastes near the old railroad location brought forth a lawsuit from Lafayette citizens. Railroad officials have until March 24th to respond to legal action. ”CONTACT/COLLISION” has been made to protect our environment.

One narrow poll that sought a simple “Yes/No” on I-49 from citizens could have been expressed as a question and point of clear information:

“IF YOU KNEW THE I-49 ROUTE MIGHT DISTURB LAFAYETTE’s TOXIC WASTE SITES, WOULD YOU STILL FAVOR SUCH A ROADWAY THROUGH OUR CITY?”

Since many citizens are weighed down with personal affairs and opt not to follow events even if their own well-being and water might be threatened, has time arrived for community awareness efforts?

Local artists are willing to amplify warning words as they depict our precious aquifer, the existence of toxic waste sites and a proposed roadway that dares to disturb a sleeping toxic creature.

Does “59 minutes in the huddle” now call for more than a brief time of artistic community education with action between citizens and elected officials?

Michigan Governor Snyder will be called to testify in Washington for failing to heed health warnings about unsafe water that befell people in Flint.

Which state or local Louisiana official would dare to say: – “I didn’t know I-49 through Lafayette might be a threat to all who drink water”?