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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I Just Want Better Logic In My Newspaper

Roddy Stinson astounds us all once again with his superior thought process:

Mother Nature stuck her fingers in the eyes of San Antonio environmentalists last week when, without warning, permit or City Hall fee payment, she wiped out scads of junipers, mesquites and scrub oaks.

The lead on last Friday's Express-News described the extent of the massacre:

"High winds propelled a massive brush fire that scorched more than 100 acres Thursday afternoon in North Bexar County."

Though the origin of the fire couldn't be determined, the news report identified the culprit responsible for the destruction:

"The winds, along with low humidity and dry conditions, all contributed to the fire."

First, Beldame Nature dehydrated the flora. Then she blew flames through the tinderbox at a speed so fast that firefighters could hardly save a clump of bear grass.

Oh, the eco-pain.

Oh, the deafening quietude.

In the wake of the arboreal bloodbath, nothing was more puzzling than the silence of San Antonio's tree embracers.

Not a disapproving cluck from Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Executive Director Annalisa Peace.

Not a wagging finger from Aquifer Guardians in Urban Areas stalwart María Berriozábal.

Not a mesquite-mourning peep from the Sierra Club, the Citizens Tree Coalition, the Conservation Society, Communities Organized for Public Service or the San Antonio Circle of the Global Renaissance Alliance.

Even Mayor Phil Hardberger — whose campaign platform included a promise to be a friend to "trees, shrubs and flowers" — failed to don sackcloth or place blame.

Meanwhile, in an ironic twist, on the same day that unspanked Mother Nature ravaged more than 100 acres of North Side trees, Hardberger and his City Council colleagues chastised a builder who sought permission to remove a couple of oaks from the site of a new North Side bank.

Such punitive disparity hardly seems fair.

Taking this logical thought process and applying it to other scenarios- Mother Nature wreaked quite a bit of natural disaster havoc that killed a number of people over the past 13 plus months: Tsunami, Katrina, Rita, tornadoes, etc. So it seems to me that it's a pretty silly process, this thought of outlawing murder. I mean, if Mother Nature is killing enough already, what's the point of us having these meaningless laws not letting humans do the same thing? And why aren't law and order types out there railing against Mother Nature's obvious disregard for life in these circumstances?

Of course, the answer to both answers is that human beings have very little- if any- control over acts of God that devastate the environment or human lives. But portions of society, if not all of society, have deemed it necessary to mitigate acts of Homo Sapiens on the environment or each other.

The fact that this post has to even exist is a sad, sad reflection on Stinson.