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Don't fight nature

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2005

It was an interesting article about avalanches on the mountains above us. As anyone can see, where there are no trees; it was an avalanche area in the past. We have become comfortable with the avalanche control program of shooting them down before they are a problem.

But is anyone studying or core drilling the rock faces and protuberances that are above the 12th Street hillside area? Or the stability of the hillside above downtown? There was a major slide that killed several people the year I was born, in 1938. Now they have put up a retaining wall and built another gift shop.

One thing we should learn from New Orleans is to observe and respect Mother Nature. Don't even think of ignoring or fighting her.

Jerry Shelley

Juneau



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