2006-08-12 / Viewpoints

To The Editor

'Wild Area


Dear Editor:

The Quehanna Wild Area located in parts of Cameron, Clearfield and Elk counties is the largest wild area in the eastern section of the United States.

In the late 1950's and in the 1960's the area was abused very badly by big industry that did not care about the environment. Clean air and water was not in their thoughts. Money was their only thoughts.

August 12, 2006 from noon until 3 p.m. will be the 21st Save the Quehanna Wild Area Rally at the Marion Brooks Monument near Mile Marker 10 in the wild area. Fighting for 21 years to have all hazardous materials removed from the wild area is a very long time to have a very important project completed. Progress has been made, but the project is not completed. This project must be completed without anymore delay.

Local, state and federal elected officials and heads of agencies are invited to attend and speak to the people in attendance at this rally. As you know a good number of them will not attend because they will not want to face the people.

We want organizations to attend and speak about their environmental problems like the Acid Rock disaster in Centre County, the unwanted landfills in Centre/Clearfield counties and the Train derailment in McKean/Cameron counties and all watershed organizations to attend this very important rally.

Remember anything can happen after mid-night in Harrisburg and Washington. Do not wait until something takes place in your area, then want action now to correct it. Work to protect your area against environmental problems now.

Anyone that would like to speak at this rally contact me at once so you will be placed on the speakers list (814-2634418).

Ray Savel

President, QIDC


Tony Moscato, Rick Santorum and John Peterson are to be commended for helping to facilitate getting the Post Office steps repaired. The steps had deteriorated to the point that they constituted a potential safety hazard.

David G. Flowers Jr.


'Dam Beavers'

To the editor:

I thought your readers would howl when they read the following letter that was written by a Trout Run (Lycoming County) man after he received a threatening letter from a state environmental agency about the impoundment on his property.

I have seen the state bureaucracy in action. I can appreciate how something like this could happen:

Dear Mr. Price,

I am the legal landowner but not the contractor at Dagget Lane. A couple of beavers are in the (state-unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of nature's building materials "debris."

I would like to challenge your department to emulate their dam project. There is no way you could ever match their skills, resourcefulness, ingenuity, persistence, determination or their dam work ethic.

I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity. They obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English. Do you require all beavers throughout this state to conform to said dam request? Aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? They are are unable to pay for said representation, so the state will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.

In my humble opinion, the beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. In conclusion, I bring to your attention to a real environmental quality and health problem in the area. Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

Patrick R. LaRosa

Orange, Calif.

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