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Opinion: Demand state laws to protect cave systems

Postby Wayne Harrison » Jul 3, 2006 11:07 am

Very few people willingly embrace change that is suggested by somebody else. Human nature causes most of us to enjoy the way we do things.

In the Crescent Communities of Alachua, Newberry, High Springs and Fort White, (Fla.) the talk of change is a regular occurrence. And as we’ve seen, simply the talk of change can bring out strong emotions from people on both sides of the issue.

But those who have successfully pushed for change will tell you that change generally does not happen overnight. Any change of significance generally does not happen at a single city commission meeting or at a single school board meeting.

Sometimes, the push for change takes years. Take a look at the move for Civil Rights in the United States. That movement took decades of ongoing peaceful protest.

You can even look locally at the move to protect sinkholes. As late as the early 1990s, people were still dumping construction waste in sinkholes and there were even cities that were dumping trash down such sinkholes.

<a href="http://www.highspringsherald.com/articles/2006/07/02/editorial/editorial062906.txt">Read full Op-Ed piece on the High Springs, Florida Herald Website</a>.
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