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May 29, 2014

In Your Opinion:

The Daily Star

---- — As another election approaches, one thing amazes me: the amount of attention many candidates are giving to the environment. In the past, environmental issues usually took a backseat, but no more, and with good reason. 

From central Florida, where water quality and quantity in the springs from which many municipalities draw water, to Georgia, and it’s “Dirty Dozen” polluted rivers, to Pa. and the concern many people have about fracking. To Los Angeles, where air pollution is a major concern, to coal mining states that have suffered coal ash spills which contain toxins harmful to all living things, to the derailment of trains carrying crude from the Bakken oil fields, and the combustible nature of crude, which has caused loss of life and property, people are beginning to realize that ignoring these problems creates more problems. 

There are natural disasters over which we may have no control, but most scientists now say global warming, brought by human activity, contributes. We here in New York are in a unique position. As states go, we are in the forefront of the environmental movement, so let’s continue to support candidates who value our natural resources, and want to preserve all the good New York has to offer. 

Diana Heeman