Letter: Not really progress

June 22, 2014 

Development isn't progress when it causes harm on any level.

What is it considered when the health and safety of children is threatened by living and learning in an area where they'll be consistently exposed to electromagnetic radiation via the power transfer substation? How do we define the actions directly responsible for the loss of precious ecological life of any kind while its value is dismissed? How do we overlook a community rallied together in mass numbers to save a desirable area only to be disregarded by elected city officials?

Well, I suppose we can paint a mural on the school of what these children could have observed in a natural setting. Put books in the library and a taxidermy item or two to act as learning props. Sit them down on some nice new concrete or the grass of the 100th soccer field next to low-income housing and tell them to dream big. Don't forget to take advantage of an example-based learning opportunity to teach them the concept of irony by reading to them from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."

MICHELE MILLER-CLARKE, Richland

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