Or, not so sweet if you're an "environmentalist" living in Rockbridge County, if you have a steady income despite the fact that others may not, and if your head is stuck up your ass.
For the life of me, I don't understand what the big deal is:
Opponents of Scouts proposal speak outMemo to Linda Larsen: Come up with a better whine. You're arguing that the jamboree should be banned from Rockbridge County because a road is twisty and curvy? And has a dogleg? Got a Complaint B?
By Courtney Cutright, Roanoke Times
The Boy Scouts of America set Rockbridge County abuzz last month when it announced that Goshen Scout Reservation is the top choice for its national jamboree -- an event that could bring 240,000 people to the region, ring up $100 million in investment and create dozens of full-time jobs.
But not everyone's doing a jamboree jig.
Since the Boy Scouts made the announcement, letters to the editor -- and paid advertisements -- opposing the project have appeared in the area's weekly newspapers. And an opposition group, Save Goshen Pass, has been formed.
A main question being asked: Can Goshen and Rockbridge County handle such an influx?
Jay Gilliam, a member of the opposition group, said the magnitude of the project would change the natural, rural character of the area and pose significant hazards to Maury River users downstream of the site.
One opponent, Linda Larsen, raised questions about whether the secondary roads leading to the area will be able to handle the traffic loads. Virginia 39 is "a scenic historic byway. It parallels the Maury [River]," Larsen said. "There are curves and twists and a couple of doglegs to it." [link]
And this Gilliam character is up in arms because some kid might pee in the river?
For the love of God.
There are a few facts one needs to consider here:
1) The jamboree is held only once every four years.
2) The jamboree is held over a 10 day period.
3) That's ten days out of every four years. Imagine the global chaos that will ensue.
4) The unemployment rate in Rockbridge County is up 141% from just two years ago (2.7% in 01/07 to 7.0% in 01/09).
5) Both environmental champions quoted in the article have gainful employment, it would appear, if 7% of their neighbors don't.
6) That 7% is no accident. From the story: "Opponents to economic development projects in the past have driven business away from the county. [O]pponents 'chased off' Nestle when the company wanted to build a water-bottling plant in the county a few years ago."
7) I wonder how these selfish twits would feel about jobs coming to their county if they were unemployed, their bellies were empty, and their children were crying out for food.
I wonder ...