Divergent views in the Empire

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The column "Edge of the Village," by Ernestine Hayes, in Sunday's paper, tells the wise and age-old true story of the kind of respect for the whole-of-nature that all of us would be well advised to emulate. As residents of Southeast and of Alaska in general, we desperately need to listen to and respect the words of our Native elders. They say our natural resources will just go away when a general lack of respect or no respect at all is shown for the most precious gift of their simply being in the first place.

In direct contrast, "Vantage Point" by Robert Hale, positioned beneath this article, extols "some positive points for and about Juneau." These "positive" points include the apparent desire to invade the wild sanctity of our surrounding environs in hopes of fulfilling some local, speculative investment by way of emulating the rather affluent and cozy citizen who lives in the manicured Lower 48.

I also find it somewhat ironic and rather curious that these two philosophically divergent articles appeared simultaneously on the very same day and page.

Alan R. Munro


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