I don't know whether to shake your hand or smack you upside the head (ahem, metaphorically). On the one hand, your letter to Newsweek (third one down) introduces a very large audience to the vital environmental issues related to the tsunami, namely that poor land-use decisions, deforestation, and heedless development removed many of the natural barriers that might have helped protect the coastlines. Kudos. But then you pin the blame as follows: "It seems our endless desire for 'progress' bears responsibility." First of all, must you put "progress" in scare quotes? Are you trying to play into the stereotypes that …
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