Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the article titled Algae Bloom Powwow Brings Governor to Roxbury by Fred J. Aun published in your newspaper on Nov. 18, 2019.

I am happy to see there are initiatives being taken to help address Lake Hopatcong’s harmful algae. I wish there were more details on what the money is going towards to help these organizations, rather than focusing on an exact amount they will get.

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I also wish that this happened about five months ago when our town first found out about it.

The issue was pushed aside, and the lake was closed all summer. People learned their lesson not to go in the lake after getting very ill, but at least something is being done now. Money is being thrown at this problem.

I think people’s emotions are more important when it comes to issues like this. I think individuals need to remember that this isn’t just about the dollar number. This is also a matter of what will happen when they get the money.

This is about sustainability efforts and keeping emotions involved when discussing the matter. We can’t forget about how we feel to discuss money and ‘business.’