2014-01-24 / Letters

No Flip Intended

Dear Editor:

In last week’s article, Flipping Us the Bird, the editor revealed planned breaks in the boardwalk rebuild to accommodate nesting of piping plovers. From my perspective, this presents us with an opportunity to change the course of our interaction with other species. With Hurricane Sandy, Mother Nature reminded us of her power and the importance of respecting our environment. We have a choice in how we respond to the challenge with the piping plovers and our decision will have a rippling effect.

The piping plovers are not the reason we do not have a boardwalk. History shows us that singling out and blaming one particular group can only have disastrous results. When we come from a place of harmony and kindness, we invite possibilities that benefit all. So I invite us to take a few deep breaths and explore the options with clarity, compassion and wisdom.

As we continue to create post-Sandy Rockaway, we have the potential to evolve into a stronger and more peaceful community. Our relationship with the animals among us can be a healing force. All that is required is an open heart and a willingness to thrive.

JILL LAURI

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