Amelia Casey: Natural corruption

December 17, 2013 

What a terrific Point of View article by Amy Adams (“Why I left my DENR job: conscience,” Dec. 16). I believe most state employees share her dedication and commitment.

There was a time, even in my lifetime, that we could safely swim and eat fish caught in almost any lake, river or pond without worrying about pollution, and the air was clear and fresh. There was little concern about health problems being caused by the environment. It is heartbreaking to see how the environment has been corrupted in such a short time, and it appears it will only get worse in N.C. with DENR Secretary John Skvarla’s priorities.

What perplexes me is that businesses and legislatures are comprised of people. How can they not care what happens to our natural resources, not only for themselves but for future generations? Nature is more beautiful and more awesome than anything man can make. Will we be able to recover and, if possible, would we be able to afford it? Jordan Lake is an example.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Amelia Casey


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