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In response to his July 27 guest editorial ("Just who are they protecting us from?"), I would urge Mr. Smith to rethink what it means to protect local communities. Yes, jobs and economics are important — but I fail to see how clean water can be a weapon for destruction (to paraphrase his assertion). I believe everyone wants clean water, clean air and a livable future.

Environmental groups are working toward a shared future that will be cleaner and healthier for all — not just favoring special interests (such as fossil fuel and extractive industries). Within this framework, we can reread — and even agree with! — Mr. Smith's last sentence: "We must work to put people and the community over minority special interests."

Jean M. Avery

Vancouver