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Naturally Incompatible 

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Dear Reader,

I feel bad about the disappointment some folks feel in regards to the natural areas restoration efforts happening in their communities [Neighborhood News, November 8]. However, there is something so philosophically Western (or overarchingly human) about folks being so much more upset about having their "blinders" (buckthorn buffers) removed than at the actual disregard and ultimate destruction of our natural areas in the first place. Edgebrook resident Mary Lou Quinn is justified in her disgust in her view of the commercial crap that has become so necessary in our way of life. "Outside those woods," she complains, "are roads, factories, and malls. These trees, even the buckthorn, are our buffer."

But don't we want it all? We want to know how to appreciate nature without surrendering the most insignificant aspect of the destructive human comforts we have come to expect as birthrights.

Barry Dredze



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