A Democratic Discussion

Dominic Baez
You can ask anyone: I am not a tree-hugging, eco-friendly environment-loving person. It’s not how I think, feel or believe. Don’t get me wrong; I still believe we should take care of our Mother Earth, but there is no reason why I should have to give up my luxuries to so. Innovations, technology and creative thinking have pushed the United States in leaps and bounds toward a healthier tomorrow.
I do, however, believe in doing your part to save what resources we do have left. In high school, I was never very good about recycling. It just wasn’t important to my family. But ever since I came to Linfield, I have begun to realize that everyone has an impact on the environment, whether it is positive or negative.
So, with my new enlightenment, it vexes me so when I realize some people and companies are blatantly wasting valuable resources and destroying the air around us. I’m really not a big fan of breathing carcinogens during my morning walk to class, thank you very much. There are a multitude of actions these people and companies can take, but it really irks me when it messes with the air I breathe. Anyone who has been to the Los Angeles area knows exactly what I am talking about: It’s not fun when you can’t see the street light in front of you because the smog is thick enough to kill you.
Along those same lines, water pollution sucks. Yeah, I know the world is mainly made of water, but when did that give anyone the right to use it for a personal dump site? Thank goodness for the Environmental Protection Agency. You have to respect an organization that has one goal: to protect the environment. And not like those chain-themselves-to-a-tree-to-save-it types either. That’s a little much, even for a Democrat.
But hey: Don’t take my word for it. Everyone has their own opinion; it’s why I’m writing this blog. Let me know how you feel. But until then, remember this: Think for yourself. It’s normally the best course of action.

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