Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fall comes to Tennessee; beautiful, endangered

It gets beautiful here at this time of year.

Trees of yellow and red line the hills and valleys. The air is crisp and the colors sharp. It makes you feel great to be alive.

But the environment here in Tennessee is most fragile. Development is put ahead of preservation. Nashville has constant air warnings. The Smokies have been overcome with pollution. Environmental laws are toothless. Water quality is constantly endangered. The major river that flows through Nashville is an environmental cesspool.

Like many residents in many areas of the South, Tennesseans have not been good stewards of God's gift. And this time of year shows how precious it is.

One day soon residents and their lawmakers here will wake up, not only to the natural beauty but the legal need to protect it.

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