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RAINIER: Airplanes leave the smallest footprint

Letter by Joseph McDonald, Tacoma on April 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm | 17 Comments »
April 25, 2011 12:47 pm

Re: “Park flight fight hits turbulence” (TNT, 4-25).

Why is listening to “subtle sounds of nature” more worthy than seeing the magnificence of nature from the air?

I know people who can’t hike Mount Rainer Park, let alone go there with sensitive equipment to listen to falling rain, chewing insects and the snow melting. Some of them are disabled, old or just very young.

Seeing the mountain from the air is breathtaking and much less intrusive than traipsing through the woods, breaking plants and disturbing the wildlife with sensitive equipment.
To see the park from the air actually leaves the smallest footprint of all forms of travel, including walking. To deny air travel is downright foolish.

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