We are all so busy: Keeping up with politics, balancing our checkbooks, thinking about our yards — oh, you know what I mean — and believe me, I know about what I write.

I’m one of those too-busy-to-listen folks myself, but a thought came to me recently: How come we overlook the most important gift we have inherited, Earth?

Unless sensible reason comes about, open-pit metal mining may be allowed in Maine. Business people insist new jobs will be created and sales of needed metals will rise, putting needed money in our pockets.

All sounds far too good to be true, and what about the results from such action? Acid mine drainage and “waste” rock will increase, and metal deposits will be high in sulfide compounds, resulting in increased sulfuric acids that will run into groundwater, streams and farm wells.

We must open our ears and our eyes to what ecologists and geologists tell us about the results of any action we take on our precious land.

In his book, “The Dream Of The Earth,” Thomas Berry tells us, “The universe itself, but especially the planet Earth, needs to be experienced as the primary mode of divine presence.”

That single sentence was enough to give me pause, and I realized we have a duty to care for Earth, just as we care for our children, parents, pets and even neighbors.

We should not spoil the water we drink and the food we eat just because of a new and innovative way to put more money into the pockets of corporations.

In the event I have not stated my case well enough, visit the Natural Resources Council of Maine in Augusta. Betcha’ two cents they can straighten your thinking as easily as they have mine.

Katy Perry, Hallowell

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