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Reader: 'You offend me greatly by being so P.C.' 

Why apologize for cover?

Dear Idiots,

Regarding your recent apology for the Norman Rockwell parody cover "Happy Runoff":

I have never seen such carryings-on as about the former Mayor's picture!

Gosh, wearing of all things an apron! Oh my God, an apron!

Please grow up!

Tell me exactly why in the hell were you apologizing so profusely?

You offend me greatly by being so P.C.

Disgusting. Putrid.

CONFORMIST!

Glad the paper is free, because I wouldn't buy it.

Grow some balls, all of you.

C.D. Page



Fight continues on Sea Island controversy

Editor,

On Dec. 11 Georgia's DNR "Shore Protection Committee" approved a controversial permit to disturb wildlife habitat and the beach-dependentsand-sharing system to allow Sea Island Acquisition (SIA) to install a second groin and deposit 120,000 cubic yards of sand to protect fast-eroding lots they are trying to develop as the "Sea Island Reserve."

Over 100 individuals and organizations submitted written comments and all but three were opposed to the proposal. Greenlaw, a public-interest environmental law non-profit, presented compelling evidence of the damage expected by approving the project, substantiated by coastal geologists and evidence of rapid erosion made worse by a previous groin built in the same area.

When the vote was called after more than 90 minutes of testimony—overwhelmingly against the project, despite time allotments and rebuttal allowances that unfairly favored SIA lawyers—there was some doubt that the motion to approve would be seconded.

A hesitant and delayed second to the motion came only after DNR Commissioner Mark Williams turned to the committee member who belatedly made it, strongly suggesting a cue to proceed and a prearranged vote.

Once again, environmentally concerned Georgians have learned that a predominance of public opinion and professional advice has little if any effect on decisions made by state permitting authorities, decisions that pose profound threats to public resources meant to be protected by state law. These outcomes are highly political, favoring applicants having the most influence with the governor and other officials.

The decision will be appealed by several environmental organizations, including the Center for a Sustainable Coast.

David A. Kyler

Executive Director, Center for a Sustainable Coast

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