Put nature before dam

Regarding the Woolen Mills Dam controversy [Cover story, "Hot Dam" December 11, 2002] (http://www.readthehook.com/92811/cover-story-hot-dam-should-it-stay-or-s...): There is no question that the dam is both an environmental liability and a historic landmark. However, environmental integrity should always take precedence over arbitrary and relatively short-lived human preferences.

Sadly, many people do not understand that when we disregard the manner in which the natural world functions and we cause the demise of other organisms, we invariably alter for the worse the whole grand environmental design that ultimately affects our own lives as well.

Human social, economic, and aesthetic considerations should be put aside if they are at odds with the proper functioning of the natural world. It has been shown time and time again that while we certainly do have the power to manipulate the world, we most definitely do not have the wisdom to make (what humans may consider to be) a "better" world.

It is vitally important that humans learn to live in agreement with nature.

Marlene Condon
Crozet