To the Editor,

This whole business by the government of preserving the wreckage of ships under Lake Michigan and other waters does not make any sense to me. I assuredly will not be diving down anytime soon to enjoy and study the history of the various wrecks in our area or elsewhere. I don’t even own a fin or a snorkel. Now a Federal Agency called the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants to have control of the waters, shoreline, and floor of 1,200 square miles of Lake Michigan along the Sheboygan, Manitowac, and Ozaukee coastline. This at a time when we already have layers of state and federal agencies with their noses poked into every facet of preserving our historical past.

I can imagine that this preservation of our ship wrecks will require government employees to don expensive gear and dive down to document the remains. Government employees doing that kind of work would make big money plus benefits plus hazardous duty pay. I will never get a chance to view the wreckage, not even in a museum because nothing will be allowed to be removed from the bottom of the Lake. For sure, I will be forced to pay for another extravagance and the expansion of the DC swamp.

What would it hurt if some adventurer grabbed a souvenir from a wreck? I surely wouldn’t notice. In fact, it might even end up in a museum where I would be able to enjoy viewing some early maritime artifacts. What’s it to me if these relics become part of someone’s personal collection? At least I wouldn’t have to pay for a boat, gear, or his time.

Don’t hesitate to contact your congressman, senators, president, and governor. This is about to happen.

Dennis Gasper

Chair, Sheboygan County

Republican Party

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