Reading your opinion piece about mountain top removal this weekend took me back to my college days at Sue Bennett College in London, during the 1970s. This subject is raising its ugly head once again and little has been done to alleviate the problem. Because of MONEY... as with the removal of our virgin timber. coal, gas, and the pollution of our water table. Not to mention the destruction of animal habitat.

While reading your piece, I could see, in my mind’s eye, my instructor, then Lynn Allen (now Lynn White), getting on her soapbox in our environmental science class and sincerely preaching about the travesty of mountaintop removal with all its negative, long-term environmental impact.

That one class did more to enlighten me about my surroundings than all the other classes of my college years. I had just never thought of it in that way and learned that 'ignorance is not bliss'.

Then I went on to read Harry Caudill’s book, “Night Comes to the Cumberlands.” It will make you weep for the havoc that few of the trusting mountain people recognized as such at the time.

Does it matter? Of course it matters!

Shirley Caudill, London

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