This is in response to the news article ("U.S. 550 barrier a problem for wildlife," Herald, July 30) which quotes the "need to make the highway safe for people." In our river town, we continually build impenetrable barriers between the animals' hunting grounds and their source of water. Result: The animals die. Implied, however, is a curious attitude of "that's just too bad."
I would ask that we rethink that attitude - and instead work together with the goal of making our expansion "safe for all living things." One great start is the concept (already in existence elsewhere) of "animal overpasses," which, to the creatures, looks like a grassy rise, while beneath it, our highways roar on.
With a nod to Bob Kuhnert's letter (Herald, July 31), perhaps we can reword the old Biblical translation of man's having "dominion" over nature to human-kind's responsibility as co-caretaker with nature. How much more relaxing it would be to live harmoniously as a part of creation. It may cost more money, take more time, slow us down - but hey!
Chief Seattle's prophesy: "What is a man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, also happens to the man."
Sara Ransom, Durango