Here, down in the lower 48, we don’t realize the impact that a wrong decision could make or break a small hard working community in Alaska. These Americans live off the land, and this would destroy them.
Roger DiPaolo has left a new comment on my post "Sealaska. End of An Age.":
“I am only one individual, but please take a moment to consider my side of this issue, as what happens soon in Congress will have a tremendous impact on my future – a future that I have worked just as hard to build as any American has. I had to put myself through college while working full-time and earn every penny I’ve ever made through hard work, and the sum of my life’s savings is invested in my home in Edna Bay, the same home I hope to live in to my last day.
“Studies have shown that the underground aquifer, the same one that supplies the drinking water for the residents of Edna Bay, flows via tremendously long and winding limestone caves through an unmapped system. Contaminants from large-scale logging or other development activities in the disputed area could easily contaminate the drinking water supply of Edna Bay. It would be irresponsible to allow any development until thorough scientific studies of the Kosciusko Island aquifer had been conducted and development disallowed in all sensitive areas.
“The State of Alaska created the modern community of Edna Bay by laying out the boundaries of our lots and our town in a far-flung island wilderness for the purpose of attracting hard working Americans to live in a community that would by necessity require the natural resources of the surrounding National Forest for their survival.
“I humbly request that Senator Murkowski withdraw her support of S.881 and immediately go to work on a different bill that would compensate Sealaska in some way other than the current one which would put the residents of Edna Bay and other small Southeast communities through extreme hardship during already difficult economic times.”
* Karst: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karst_topography
Please help save this little town, and let you voice be heard about this here: http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/campaign.faces?siteId=3&campaign=TongassLogging&ThirdPartyClicks=ETA_031110_TongassLogging_2
Here is the history of Edna Bay: http://ednabayalaska.net/history.html
Why do folks want to destroy, destroy, destroy????
Let’s leave something for all to enjoy!!!
This morning, Jay and I managed to cram a few more things in the van and took off for Angelic Thrift Shop to donate the first batch of stuff to their church.
While we were there, I bought a color 12v. TV for $10. Jay bought an ornamental circular brass horn for 75c. Dollar Tree Store next, to exchange some reading glasses, and buy some bargains there.
After a quick trip into Walmart, and we were ready to come home.
This afternoon, I took one section of the hanging clothes off their hangers, and packed them neatly in boxes, ready for tomorrow's trip to the Assistance League.
No AC, or heat, required on this really lovely sunny day.