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Printing bridge letter appreciated

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: Just a note to thank you and the Beacon staff for publishing my letter (SBTA was not against new bridge] in the Feb. 21 edition.

I want to personally compliment your judgment in publishing letters (differing opinions) that don’t always agree with editor’s logic and line of reasoning. This is what good newspapering is all about.

For 30-plus years, I have been listening to/reading carefully many emotional opinions and points of view concerning the bridge at Sunset Beach. In all that time, I have sent just four letters to the Beacon—each of which has been published.

Throughout the debate over the bridge, I have always tried to look at differing points of view/interests with vision—that is, “the long term ramifications of short term choices and decisions.”

My own personal definition of vision goes something like this: Vision is the ability to see things not as they are (for the next five or 10 years), but rather, as they can be (for the next 25 or 50 years).

Vision, or lack thereof, answers the popular question “What were they thinking when they made that choice?”

When it comes to stewardship of the environment and historic culture, sometimes we only have one chance to get it right. The choice we make usually requires some sacrifice—especially when we involve vision.

Too often we take the cheap, expedient way (rationalize) in the name of economics or safety or fairness to all and we forget the vision/stand the test of time part.

There’s a way to have both. It’s called doing the right thing. So thanks to you and your staff for the service to the public that you do each and every publication.