But, since Cassity believes that "the welfare of the people should
be considered before others of God's creations," they are just
annoyances, only to be scorned and brushed aside.
This attitude is destroying the only place in the universe where
we can exist. Every living thing on Earth is an animate piece of this
very planet and deserves equal admiration and respect and protection.
The Bush administration obviously shares Cassity's philosophy and
is conducting a ceaseless assault on the environment. From insisting
upon despoiling Alaska in order that clueless Americans can drive
12-mile-per-gallon sport utility vehicles to allowing even more
snowmobiles into Yellowstone to harass the wildlife, poison the air
and destroy the blessed quiet and tranquillity. And it goes on and on
Now, Rep. Chris Cox promises to allow selfish, whiny boat owners
to destroy beds of vital eel grass so they can more cheaply
accommodated their selfish toys.
I have been puzzled since childhood by people who somehow believe
that the human race is not subject to the laws of nature. The laws
are so fundamental, so easily understood and so terrifyingly
enforced. Any species that upsets the balance through habitat
destruction, exhaustion of food or over population is doomed to
draconian counter measures and/or extinction.
Instead of fighting with this beautiful, bountiful, forgiving
planet of ours, we should literally worship it. But blind greed and
hubris are our built-in failsafe and will inevitably result in our
own destruction. The saddest thing is that life would be so much more
pleasant if we cooperated.
Sadder still is the certain knowledge that, in stubbornly pursuing
our own species' demise, we will take thousands of innocent species
This letter is in response to the Oct. 20 article titled "Thinking
Allowed" by Lolita Harper. Harper tries to open the door to more
recreational activities at Fairview Park.
In doing so, she does not mention one crucial element regarding
that location. Fairview Park is a major part of an officially
designated archeological site, known as ORA 58. This site is a
significant legacy of our past.
Earlier excavations have provided evidence that a large number of
Native Americans lived there for a long period of time, perhaps as
many as 600 years. Shell debris, for example, can be found up to five
or six feet deep over a large portion of that acreage. Moreover, a
few skeletal remains from the cemetery have been excavated, notable
in 1935. To the best of my knowledge, no comprehensive dig has ever
The presence of this Lukup society has been marked by a sign at
the entrance to Estancia Park.
Before we brush aside this rich part of our heritage, I suggest
the city of Costa Mesa determine the extend of the cemetery there. We
would never think of desecrating graves at Harbor Lawn or Pacific
View cemeteries. The extinction of the Lukup need not be followed by
disrespect of the loved ones they left behind.