Leave Our Library Alone

If, 50 years ago, someone would have told me we would one day have book banning in this country, I would have said that no way would Americans ever become that ignorant and weak. Not only was I wrong, but it appears that it is being attempted here in Patagonia. 

People, if you don’t like a book, don’t read it. If you don’t want your kids reading certain books, become a good parent. Take an active interest in your kids’ lives. Just remember, kids are going to see, hear, and read what they want to. They have phones that let them look up whatever they want. Even if you put controls on their phones, they can use their friends’ phones. You have the right to control what you or your kids read, but not what I or my kids read. You have the right to drown in your own pool of ignorance and fear. However, you do not have the right to drag the rest of us down with you. We have a wonderful library. Leave it alone.

Dave Rollins


Walking the Talk?

The environmental consequences of South32 mining activity are undeniably awful. I like the protest, but do we “walk the talk” or do we “need” the materials produced by the mine? Is our protest a “not in my backyard” plea? Are the protesters already financially secure? Do the younger generations care, or do they have to leave the area for education and employment?

I am an innocent man, or at least deluded, consuming as little as possible, weirdly not even owning a cell phone or computer, scratching out paychecks here for 40 years, living simply, gentle with the beautiful land. What say you?

Doug Morris


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Errors and Omissions

In the June 2023 issue of the PRT, it was erroneously stated in “Glimpses from the Past” that Marina Smith is the granddaughter of Capt. L.W. Mix. Ms. Smith is the great-grandaughter of Capt. Mix. Thanks to Alison Bunting for this correction.

We apologize for this error.