[CT Birds] U.S. steers middle couse on offshore oil, gas leases
rmharvey at snet.net
Fri Nov 11 16:39:32 EST 2011
However much subscribers to CTBirds may share some of the opinions in this discussion, it is not on topic for this board. I don't try to stamp out every off-topic discussion that starts here, but in the 20 years I have been hanging out in various on-line discussions I have seen that political discourse is always divisive, and virtually never changes anyone's mind.
So please consider this subject closed.
Thanks, and good birding!
CTBirds list moderator
Beacon Falls, CT
--- On Fri, 11/11/11, David Provencher <davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> From: David Provencher <davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net>
> I have deep convictions concerning environmental protection. In most of my
> views I am a moderate, but when it comes to environmental protection and
> conservation I am decidedly left of center. I do not view this position as
> extreme however, I consider it "responsible." Having said that, there are
> many venues to express the concerns recently voiced here that are more
> appropriate than CTBirds (not the least of which is your congress person's
> email address and phone number). The intended purpose of this list is stated
> in the footer of every email. Ideally I would hope every person on this list
> believes strongly in environmental protection, but CTBirds is not intended
> to be the forum for debate of environmental policy, deplorable as it often
> is. We should respect that many members do not want it to be a forum for
> political debate. I also know that expressly targeting individuals by name
> is decidedly deleterious to the future of this list and puts the moderator
> in a potentially awkward repercussive position not of his own making. In
> this context it doesn't matter in the least I that share very similar
> sentiments to the ones recently stated.
> I hope everyone will respect the "birds and birding" purpose of CTBirds, and
> the position of the individuals who make it possible. I often tell my kids
> that they are not defined as a person by what they say, but rather by what
> they do. I fervently hope that everyone who believes as deeply in
> environmental protection as I do will get actively involved in working
> towards that end. But let's keep the focus of CTBirds more on birds and
> birding. I believe one of the best ways to influence people to take a more
> committed and active interest in protecting our natural world is to expand
> their understanding of its intricacy, beauty, and fragility.
> Dave Provencher
> Naturally New England
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