To the editor:
I read with interest Amy Kotlarz’ article and a letter by Jeff and Jodi Andrysick, regarding hydrofracking in the August issue.
During the 1980s, U.S. Senator William Proxmire suggested that whenever U.S. Senate proceedings were televised, the TV screen should flash the amount of PAC money that a senator has received on a given issue, when that senator is speaking on the floor about that particular issue.
I would bet that in 2011 there are not many politicians who support hydrofracking who haven’t accepted large financial contributions from commercial interests that would profit from hydrofracking.
In 1831, 180 years ago, William Lloyd Garrison established a publication, "The Liberator" that called for an immediate end to the enslavement of black people in America. Garrison wrote, "I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm. Tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen. Urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I will not equivocate, I will not excuse. I will not retreat a single inch. And I will be heard."
Sadly, it required the bloodiest war in American history to abolish slavery.
Of course, we don’t need another Civil War in order to protect our environment, but we do need to adopt a William Lloyd Garrison mind-set when we are asked to accept so-called balances or compromises on issues such as hydrofracking that pose threats to our health and safety.
And these are issues that should be addressed by the Catholic Church, and by religious leaders of all faiths.