Conservation vs. conservatism

Bravo for the clear and insightful analysis of the Supreme Court decision on South Carolina's coastal protection law in "A Troubling New Ruling on Property Rights," July 16.

Future generations depend on today's legislators to demonstrate protective stewardship of our land and environment. For 12 years our government has supported policies of deregulation, which led to a shortsighted vision of profit for today at the expense of future environmental quality.

Now a conservative Supreme Court, in a broad interpretation of the Fifth Amendment, has undermined the efforts of South Carolina to protect its fragile coastline against hazardous development.

I hear an imperative appeal to the voters of 1992. Cathy Bullock, Geneva, N.Y.

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