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  • The debt limit question has been pushed back a couple of months. Now there is the problem of trimming the budget in order to start payments on it. I have been wondering about another debt we owe, the one we owe to our children.
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  • The debt limit question has been pushed back a couple of months. Now there is the problem of trimming the budget in order to start payments on it. I have been wondering about another debt we owe, the one we owe to our children.
    A Native American belief goes like this: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. So we are leaving an earth with mountains torn down to more easily borrow coal and other minerals, oil drilling in the Arctic that faces inevitable catastrophic spills, fracturing deep deposits of shale with scarce water laced with toxic chemicals endangering aquifers, to say nothing about our pollution of the atmosphere leading to extreme weather.
    As a Methodist preacher's kid, I grew up in parsonages, houses not owned by my parents. But I was taught when one moves, a house is to be left in at least as good or better condition than how one found it. How are we leaving the earth for our children? How do we pay this debt? — Barbara Fitch, Ashland
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