Re: columnists on the Bush Fires, a caution

To: "'Greg & Val Clancy'" <>, "'david taylor'" <>, "'Steve Potter'" <>
Subject: Re: columnists on the Bush Fires, a caution
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 10:49:24 +1100
Dear All,

Apart from the obvious environmental reasons why this topic should be
debated on Birding-aus, we should not forget that some of our birding,
ornithological and ecological colleagues, and/or their families lost their
lives and/or all of their possessions in the fires.

I think we owe it to them to help set the record straight about
environmental issues relating to the Victorian bushfires, by debating the
topic on a public forum such as Birding-aus.

I also think that those same people would like us to debate the topic calmly
and rationally, without emotional abuse, and perhaps suggest some solutions
rather than play the blame game.

That's just my personal point of view, for what it's worth.

Dr Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Greg & Val Clancy
Sent: Saturday, 21 February 2009 10:18 AM
To: david taylor; Steve Potter
Cc: Birding Aus
Subject: Re: columnists on the Bush Fires, a caution

Hi David,

This site is dedicated to birds and birdwatching but I would argue that the 
issue of blaming conservation management for the intensity of the fires is a

relevant issue to be debated on this forum.  The possible 'knee-jerk' 
reaction of politicians may well see the destruction of large areas of bird 
habitat by too much hazard reduction burning and over-zealous tree clearing.

It is healthy to have debate on these issues and, I believe, adds a bit of 
life to the forum.

In saying this I strongly oppose people using the forum to make personal 
attacks on others on the list or journalists.  I believe that you should 
attack the issue and not the person.

Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing

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