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To All First Time Visitors

I've noticed a significant increase in the number of first time visitors in the past 30 days.

First & foremost: Welcome!

As a brief intro; I've been blogging since 1999. I have a degree in Earth & Environmental Science, and have twice taken the Susquehanna River to the #1 spot on American Rivers annual "Most Endangered" list; first in 2005 and again in 2011. I stopped counting when I hit the 2,000 mile mark paddling on the Susquehanna.

When it comes to my favorite river and the environmental challenges it continues to face, I've forgotten more than most of the newly-ordained "experts" out there. To that end, I've scaled back my public activism over the past few years out of sheer frustration at the (mostly) clueless cacophony coming from the new crop of wannabes seeking their 15 seconds of...whatever.

Unfortunately, I'm getting restless again.

Stay tuned.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ben Franklin - A Message from 1764

In reviewing prior December posts, I decided to link back to this 2010 offering regarding the events of December 27th, 1763.
However, I will add a new historical tidbit to my annual Suquehannock tribute by quoting from the book below printed/written by Benjamin Franklin in 1764.

Now, for a moment, please fast forward to 2012 and the recent/tragic event in Newtown, CT.
Hold that thought.
On the last page of a book written in 1764, Benjamin Franklin chose to close with the following:
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"I shall conclude with observing, that Cowards can handle Arms, can strike where they are sure to meet with no Return, can wound, mangle and murder; but it belongs to brave Men to spare, and to protect; for, as the Poet says,
--------Mercy still sways the Brave. "
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The events in Lancaster PA in 1763 were tragic.
The events in Newtown CT in 2012 were tragic.
This time around, let's hope we're able to find a few brave men and women with the courage and the resolve to do the right thing.
May they all rest in Peace.

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