I would like to thank Ned Ryan Doyle for his Commentary about the Southern Energy & Environment Expo [“WNC at a crossroads,” Aug. 24 Xpress]. S.E.E. Expo provided great exposure to sustainable technology and lifestyles. It will be missed.

Alternative energy is the future of America, but fringe movements have distracted us with cult-like agendas. It amazes me that we are still arguing over health care! Sure, let’s give free health care to everyone. I don't mind paying extra so that my neighbor will be covered. Why are people so obsessed with who a person wants to marry? While some think climate change is cyclical, why would we continue to rape and pillage the earth rather than champion alternative renewable energy and sources of sustenance?

The last century was one of vast discoveries. Unfortunately, we did we not learn that there are consequences to our actions. Would it not make sense to make corrections now, rather than throw the burden to our children? Some talk about national debt and all this baloney. They have been exclaiming about national debt forever. The fact is, money has no meaning whatsoever, except for the things that it is used for. The modern economic system is self-imposed. No set of aliens is dictating to humans how to run this planet. So why do we feel so compelled to follow this modern economic system to our very end, throwing common sense aside? Without a planet that supports human life, of what use is gold?

There is no naivety here. While the stock market tumbles, the biggest growth will be seen in alternative and sustainable technology.  However, America will miss that boat, while we fight about health care, gay marriage, the national debt and if we should give children quality education.

— Rudranath Beharrysingh

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