- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
Bush policy hurts public lands
To the editor:
For many Americans, summer vacation does not mean a trip overseas. It means a visit to one or more of our publicly owned lands, most often our beautiful national parks. But often it includes visits to our wildlife refuges, national forests or wilderness areas. These lands are managed by our government, which acts on behalf of the American people. They should practice wise stewardship management that will pass these lands to future generations in as good or better condition than we received them. All major religions demand that humans manage lands wisely to sustain not only those alive now, but also generations as yet unborn.
The demand for stewardship of our public lands does not permit the destruction of those lands for short-term economic profit to benefit a few executives in large U.S. resource-extraction corporations. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has consistently adopted policies toward our public lands that undermine wise stewardship. Rather than providing our national parks with sufficient funds to allow wise management, the White House has not only underfunded the National Parks Service, but has also promoted the plunder of our parks for corporate profit. The Bush "No tree left behind" policy threatens national forests while oil drilling threatens the destruction of our wildlife refuges.
The Bush plan to rape the refuges and plunder the parks in the name of corporate profit, a policy that rejects public values and the Christian requirement for stewardship, will continue unless Americans and Congress reject it.
JUDY CURETON, Cape Girardeau