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Finally getting out of Treece

What a relief to learn last week that the Environmental Protection Agency finally has approved the relocation of the remaining 100 or so residents of Treece. It took too long to get Treece to the same point as nearby Picher, Okla. But in a time when politics are as poisonous as Treece's lead- and zinc-contaminated soil and water, officials of both parties and all levels of government came together to do right by the people of this southeast Kansas town. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., particularly deserves praise for being these Kansans' dogged advocate.