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Laudato Si or ‘No’?

By Staff | Jul 15, 2015

To the editor:

Will our city council respond to the encyclical letter of the Holy Father with a ‘si’ or a ‘no’?

So far, the answer appears to be ‘no’, since the council has yet to act on the traffic problem, has made no effort to address the carrying capacity of our beaches and continues to promote a civic center to attract more and ever more tourists.

Mr. Harrity, a council member has responded with a loud ‘no’. He is promoting, with a generous donation, the Ding Days sponsored by the Ding Darling Wildlife Society that will bring 6,000 visitors to the refuge in October.

How many snakes, small furry animals and birds will all those extra cars slaughter?

Will thousand people trampling around the refuge every day benefit the wildlife?

In paragraph 33, Pope Francis says, “It is not enough to think of different species merely as potential resources to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves.”

In paragraph 36, he says, “Caring for ecosystems demands farsightedness, since no one looking for quick and easy profits is truly interested in their preservation.

Contrast these words with the statement made by Mark Martinelli, co-owner of Doc Ford’s with Mr. Harrity.

“Ding Darling is an economic driver for the island.”

Really? Did Ding Darling work to establish the refuge to be an ‘economic driver’?

Mr. Harrity and Mr. Martinelli will get a good return on their investment, since a many visitors to ‘Ding Days’ will stop by for a rum drink and may even buy a Doc Ford T shirt.

Thank you,

John Raffensperger, MD

Sanibel