I am writing this letter on Thanksgiving, the day when we tell ourselves and others what we are thankful for. In short, I am thankful for that which keeps us alive: earth, water, air, sun. I also believe that our thanks should lead to thankful actions. To be worthy of thanksgiving, we should not be decimating boreal forests in Alberta, cutting a pipeline trench Alberta to Minnesota to Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico or gouging an open pit, 800-foot-deep sulfide mine 150 feet from the Menominee River.

Acts that the forests, farms, rivers and the air would be grateful for would be using the sun and the wind for our energy needs, regenerating the soil, purifying the water and air and respecting the heat of the sun. In short, treating them thankfully.

LYNN SHOEMAKER

Whitewater

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