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More from the bank of John’s Brook

October 6, 2011
By Frank Owen

The commentary published on Sept. 29 was contributed by my fellow villager, neighbor and friend, Henrietta Jordan. She is an able person, a former state representative in Vermont and a longtime member of the Keene Valley community. She is always thoughtful in her concerns, as is the case in her "Report from John's Brook." She is one of many who lament the recent dredging of brooks and streams in the area after Tropical Storm Irene. I would like to offer a differing point of view. Perhaps it is because I am a westerner in upbringing and rocky meanders are part of my mental landscape. Perhaps, too, it is the number of years I lived in the Flood Control District of Sacramento, Calif., where dredging and levees are ubiquitous and necessary.



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