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In regards to the letter from July 12, “EPA Cronyism,” I am sorry Mr. Schumann has difficulty sleeping. I also have bouts of generalized fear that sometimes keep me awake beyond my bedtime. This happens to me, too, when I try to compartmentalize my thoughts, vague dissatisfaction (and fears) of “how things are” where we (as a civilization and a society) seem to be heading.
I also can create scenarios in my head that anger, sadden, harden or confuse me. I am trying to stay open-minded to viable scenarios that encourage, gladden or clarify things for me. Scenarios are imperfect models that should be vetted in order to identify critical distortions of essential facts and the reasons for them. I have read several earlier letters in this column by Mr. Schumann in which he makes some statements that might be worth objectively discussing and exploring. Instead, he frequently froths about this and that as if to foment general dissatisfaction, paranoia and anxiety in the readership, which comes across as his latent purpose.
I do believe that by using names and terms like “enviromaniacs,” you derisively, unproductively (well, then, what is your point?) and falsely categorize the world of individuals. Such blanket names as these — we see things like “enviro-(insert a churlish, derogatory, even hateful but, really, childish, name or word here) all too often — which is every time they are used.
Mr. Schumann might, instead, try to be a forthright, responsible and informed American citizen. He could bring to us verifiable facts and well-reasoned statements and an honest acknowledgement of his preferences, desires, needs and biases for his causes. Will he please stop prodding us to make the devil’s choice of, “You are either with us or against us?” This is the start of the distortion and the end of reasoned thinking.
I wish Mr. Schumann a good night’s sleep so that he can better compose his thoughts in his next letter. Maybe you could provide us with an accurate appraisal of whether suction-dredge mining can be beneficial, if not neutral, to the environment? What kinds of environments do you think we should try to preserve?