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This Week's Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I’d like to commend your staff for the excellent article last week, “Can we keep ignoring the costs of major storms?”.  Your analogy to automobile brakes and climate change was wonderfully relatable. The question of doing nothing to save money is a fool’s solution to replacing and repairing a problem before any accident can occur. 

The de-regulation on industry and rolling back fuel efficiency standards by our federal government initiated by President Trump, makes little sense compared to statistical facts proving the costs of loss and damages caused by hurricanes and tornadoes which are scientifically confirmed to be increasing in intensity and numbers annually actually costs our citizens, states and federal government ten times or more after the event. 

After over 2,000 people died, as a result of hurricane Maria in Porta Rico, what has our government done to help, repair or rebuild that beautiful American territory over one year later? This could easily be you or I during or after any natural disaster. Who wants to wait until it happens to you or your family or friends? I’ve come close enough to know personally how devastating a flood or fire can be when it takes everything you own. I’m thankful to be alive and to have been blessed with friends who helped when I needed it. But don’t think it can’t happen to you. It can, in an instant!

Not only do 90% of environmental scientist agree that climate change is man made but they contend we have a limited number of years to make a radical reversal of the abuse to our environment to save our beautiful planet.  Maybe you think you can run on those worn out brake pads for another year until your wife, husband, mother, father, sister, children or anyone of your loved one’s drives it and one day the car just won’t stop at a red light. Then what? Wish you wooda, shooda, coooda fixed them. Think about it and teach your children how precious and fragile our planet is. 

Thank you Pickens County Progress staff for your article.

Valerie Millar



Dear Editor:

The Most Dangerous People

I was once up in Canada and I asked a Ranger about the big forrest fires burning all around us so we could avoid those areas as we traveled. The Ranger looked like he was a native American Indian.  

He said that the fires were a result of years of fire suppression. Not enough fire in the past was the problem.  “Before you people got here, we burned the place every year and never had these big fires. The worst thing is a white man with good intentions.” Then he laughed. 


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