Gary Whitley’s letter about schools instead overpasses misses an important fact (“Isn’t it better to build schools, not wildlife crossings,” The Herald, Feb. 26).
No, children are not more important than animals. Both are equally important. We are all inhabitants of this planet, sharing the limited resources that exist. Humans have encroached on the animals’ habitat for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, but in the last several hundred human populations have and are expanding at an ever increasing rate, multiplying the problem of habitat encroachment. This notion that humans are superior to animals, and should have dominion over them, is a biblical one out of Genesis, though unrealistic in my view. We humans tend to damage and destroy in our exploitation of resources, animals use only what they need.
We must build the crossings so they can have access to their hunting and feeding grounds, and not walled off by freeway, unable to move freely in their home lands.