Love that dirty river

 

Every year, I dutifully respond to those High Country News reader surveys in the fervent hope that you will devote more of your valuable real estate to urban-oriented stories about our region's social injustices. Well, there is a Santa Claus, and he delivered a wonderful gift to me in the form of Daniel Person's pitch-perfect "River of No Return" (HCN, 6/23/14).

Vivid and insightful, Person's story provided palpable images of Seattle's Duwamish River that allowed me to see, smell and, unfortunately, taste the devastation wrought by swashbuckling industrial America. And like a well-written tragedy, the story makes clear that all the king's agencies and all the king's men may not be able to put this landscape together again.

We're all losers when the environment is irreparably damaged, even if we never see the site of the catastrophe. But for those who occupy the lower rungs of our communities' economic ladders, who inhabit our polluted riverbanks and find some momentary peace from being near their waters, we have to express our outrage at yet one more environmental injustice.

Mark Winne
Santa Fe, New Mexico