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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
River Health
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”

Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

We are fortunate to have a relatively unspoiled River, here in Mason...the Llano. It was named after a mistranslation (likely due to bad penmanship) of the Chama Indians, who once lived along it’s banks.

Although I am no longer Able to get to the River as much as I would like, it still holds a large swath of the real estate of my heart. Under Texas Law, as a “Navigable River”, the River Bed is Public Property...and We, the Owners, have guaranteed access...simply put, wherever a Road crosses the River. With this Privilege comes Responsibility.

At every such Access Point I have been to, there is, as evidence of Human Visitation, a Debris Field.

This is most Unfortunate.

It is also the reason that I habitually carry Garbage Bags in my truck...it is my habit to come out of the River with More than I went in with.

I encourage the Folks of Mason to adopt such a habit.

Some lazy Sunday afternoon, load up the kids, grab a few trash bags, and teach the next generation a little about Stewardship.

This Commons need not be Tragic.

Merry Christmas,

Josef D. Pinter.

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