Decisive Action = Enduring Solutions
While America concerns itself with what it considers to be larger problems, the dread Lake Ronkonkoma continues to poison, maim and kill innocent people on a regular basis. While everyone can appreciate the lake's contribution to the rich history of Ronkonkoma and Long Island, it is long past due time for a sober and objective look at the value of the lake in its present condition. Though it is unfortunate, there is only one reasonable conclusion: the lake must be condemned and drained .
Draining Lake Ronkonkoma may at first seem like an extreme solution to the problems mainfest. Indeed, some people suggest that it would be virtually impossible. But calling something virtually impossible implies that it indeed possible, albeit challenging. And, in the case of draining Lake Ronkonkoma, it is also the most sensible and reasonable course of action.
The reality is that Lake Ronkonkoma is, in its present incarnation, no more than a toxic, disease-ridden sewer that may also have living at its bottom a homicidal Indian Princess that insists on symbolically reliving the tragedy of her own death by killing an innocent man once a year. Draining it will not only solve these problems, it will breathe new vigor into a tired community that could use a boost.
While we all may be inclined to dismiss the supernatural threats posed by the lake, what cannot be ignored is the public health hazard it poses. Supernatural causes or not, this lake is killing people. Aside from the direct, homicidal killings, no one has been tracking the fates of the people that, despite all the red flags, swim in the lake. If we did, it is likely the death toll would be much higher.
Before dismissing the possibility that draining this abominiation is the only thing to do, take a look at the case in favor of it. If, after examining the evidence, you do not agree that this is the wisest course, you either have an emotional attachment to the lake or you have not understood what you have read. For one thing is clear, and it sure isn't Lake Ronkonkoma. What is clear is that we must Drain The Lake ™.
A universe of possibilities.
A future full of promise.
When you start to consider all of the potential benefits of draining Lake Ronkonkoma, you will quickly come to realize that there are far more benefits to draining it than not. It seems that only good things could come from taking this decisive and necessary action.
The case for leaving the lake in its present state is easily described:
"It's always been there" and
"We don't want to do any hard work" and
"Some crazy people like swimming in it" and
"It's a convenient sewer and dump" or
"It can't be done"
All utter nonsense.
None of those reasons are beneficial to anyone but a small group of selfish and/or small-minded people. Nothing but a bunch of rot. Compare that paltry and ugly list to just a few of the benefits of draining the lake:
Expose Trash For Cleanup
Eliminate Supernatural Murders
Help Our Fellow Americans
Stimulate Local Economy
Advance Scientific Knowledge
Prove The Skeptics Wrong
Create New Possibilities
TO FILL OR NOT TO FILL - that is the question.
Once the lake is emptied, the community has an opportunity to determine how best to use the site for the maximum possible benefit. There are many possibilities, but one pivotal decision: to refill the lake or not.
There is a case to be made for both perspectives, and Drain The Lake ™ is compatible with either outcome. For even if the best thing is to allow the lake to refill, it will be better off having been emptied. And there are many different ways to fill it.
But it is undeniable that some of the more exciting possibilities entail leaving the lake behind and forging a new future for Ronkonkoma. And after all, why live in the past when most of those people are dead. We can do better.
A Fresh, New Lake
Once the lake is completely drained, the first stage in detoxification will be complete. But there will still be a lot of work to do if the lake is going to be refilled. Soil samples will have to be taken, and a great deal of dirt may need to be removed to a toxic disposal site. All of the debris and garbage accumulated over hundreds of years must be removed and carted away.
One of the major sources of pollution to the lake are the surrounding roads and houses. Runoff from the roads fills the lake with toxic gasoline, oil and antifreeze. Many of the surrounding houses also use the lake as their sewer. Clearly after going to all the trouble of draining and cleaning the lake, these issues must be dealt with in an enduring manner.
Refilling it Right
To do this right, road surveys will need to be completed and harmful roads either closed or moved. And these barbarians living around the lake will either need to arrange for real sewers like civilized people, or their homes will have to be bulldozed. Enough is enough with this selfish nonsense.
The decision to refill the lake may seem initially attractive, but everyone should be aware that doing so will add years to the length of the project. These issues will have to be settled first, and even then it will probably take a long time to fill. In light of this, it is worth considering some of the other options that involve filling the lake bed with dirt or cement.
There are so many things that can be done with the land occupied by the lake that would improve Ronkonkoma far more than another lake. This is a real opportunity to identify how the removal of the lake can open the door to the future. A few concepts that hold particular appeal are:
Revenue and excitement for the community
An exciting venue for locals and tourists
Clean, safe power on the cheap
Solar Power Farm
Even safer power on the cheap
Shoot for the Moon
If Ronkonkoma really wants to put itself on the map, and set an example for the rest of the world, there is a further exciting possibility.
The area that the lake occupies would be the perfect size for constructing a model City of the Future for truly modern living. A city designed, from the ground up, to take advantage of technology and to do things in a truly modern way. Ronkonkoma can teach the world how to put the past behind us and charge headlong into the future.