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Letters to the Editor

April 10, 2014

In Your Opinion: Regulations needed to protect Earth

Thank you, Mr. Pinkey, for observing in your column of March 25 that humankind has not destroyed the environment. Your observation is an implicit endorsement of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the many other environmental laws and implementing regulations.

Remember where we were headed before these laws and regulations? Rivers literally on fire, unbreathable air, toxic waste dumps (think Love Canal), and so on? Mr. Pinkey, you, like I, are old enough to remember these things, although you seem to have forgotten them. 

Other readers may also have forgotten (or may not be old enough to remember). So, if you prefer not to look back at our own history, then how about taking a look at China today? Unregulated industrial enterprise has made areas of China unlivable. It’s great that China’s economy is growing like gangbusters, but clean air? Clean water? Healthy forests? Um, not so good.

So, there is lots of room for honest debate about the most effective ways to regulate business so as to balance economic growth with environmental protections, but, please, let’s be honest in acknowledging that environmental regulation is essential if we are to pass on a habitable world to our children and grandchildren. Let’s also be honest in recognizing that the environmental laws and regulations that protect us in this country would not exist but for the type of people you mock in your column.

Oh, and by the way, Mr. Pinkey, when you say, “townships pick up the litter,” you do realize you’re talking about government, don’t you?

Edward T. Lentz

New Lisbon

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