Editor:

I’ve written three published letters-to-the-editor pieces in the Brownsville Herald
in opposition to Space X, which might be located next to Boca Chica
Beach. Here is a fourth, perhaps my final scream in the dark.

A birder friend told me early this May that the Space X issue boils down to one’s definition of progress.

“Look,
I’ve always wanted to see a space launch, but not at Boca Chica. The
environment, and that includes birding areas, will be permanently
harmed, and that’s not progress.

“I know the other side’s definition of progress, the jobs, science opportunities, South Texas’ growth. That’s not mine.

“Progress means preserving a somewhat unspoiled area for birds, plants, and the narrow, scenic road from the city to the beach.”

He’ll keep driving back and forth to the beach, the beach as it is.

He didn’t say what he’d do if Space X is built, maybe look for some
remaining natural niches in South Texas – before progress claims them.


Eugene “Gene Novogrodsky, mid-May 2013

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Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene "Gene" Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners - when asked!

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