Letters to the Editor
January 9, 2004
Recently, in conjunction with the development of the Poughkeepsie
waterfront, the word ''obstructionists'' and the phrase ''with
the speed of business'' are being used quite often. I'm not familiar
with either of these terms, so I've had to think about them a
while to realize what they really mean.
After much thought I have realized what ''with the speed of
business'' has given us: strip malls, toxic waste sites, housing
developments, billboards, spam, PCBs in the Hudson River, oil
spills, air pollution, fast food and MTBE in our drinking water.
''Obstructionists,'' on the other hand, have given us: the Endangered
Species Act, wetlands protection, the Hudson River cleanup, historic
preservation, food inspections, water testing, recycling, zoning
laws, our national parks, building regulations, open space preservation,
and a large butternut tree in Poughkeepsie.
William A. Sepe, Poughkeepsie