I had the immense pleasure and privilege to be out and about on the Skipanon River early last week. We saw bald eagles, two osprey, nesting barn owls, a family of deer - and these in just a half hour on the water and along the Skipanon's banks. Wherever I go along the lower Columbia River, I am still in awe, after 12 years of living here, of how beautiful it is.

It is horrifying to imagine a future of 1,000-foot tankers, giant holding tanks for liquid natural gas, and the security detail in place to protect these, obliterating what Wendell Berry called "the peace of wild things." ("Columbia LNGs roll on, The Daily Astorian, Aug. 12)

Take a walk or boat ride along the Skipanon Peninsula, bird watch at and around Tansy Point, explore the historic Bradwood area and surrounding islands.

We can be driven by something other than an energy company's economic gain.

LAURA SNYDER

Astoria

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