To the editor:
Here's to Ernest J. Mooney and those on the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners who uphold the activities and businesses that are about the natural assets of the Keweenaw over emulation of other communities and resorts.
I am the second generation in my family to visit and adore this part of our state, fortunate to be here when the (July 19 Daily Mining Gazette) article appeared (regarding resignation of Keweenaw County EDC committee representatives). I applaud all who maintain and preserve what is the natural magnificence of this region and that is, in my opinion, its most valuable asset.
The Copper Harbor trails and the CopperDog 150, to name but two, are entities that, though commercial, accentuate nature and its closer relations, over man-made intrusions and copies of commercial models that can be found every- and anywhere.
If people want playgrounds, video parlors, water parks, theme areas, etc., there are plenty of other places to find them.
Allow the Keweenaw to be about what remains of quietude: wildlife, singular geology, boreal forests, lakes and shorelines, endless sky and cleaner air, unrivaled beauty, etc., and even its residents who have been generous and instructive to me beyond measure.
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Our most significant human regret cycles around and around: the loss of what cannot be regained in our natural world.
Encourage conservation in consort with commerce rather than the disregard of nature for passing appetites.
CLAUDETTE J. STERN