The story is not exactly the kind of news that should draw breathless headlines and outrage.
But the article does shed some light on what’s driving the national debate over waterfalls.
The article’s authors claim that waterfalls are “a relic of a bygone era,” that they “have become relics of the past,” and that they have no place in the 21st century.
This is, of course, a statement about waterfalls themselves, not water.
But waterfalls have long been a part of American life, from the waterfalls of the Great Lakes to the iconic waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park.
It’s a fact that’s worth telling.
I am not saying that all waterfalls deserve to be removed.
I am just saying that we should not be celebrating them.
Waterfalls are beautiful and are a part, if not the main, attraction at many of our favorite spots in the country.
In the same way that we celebrate the architecture of our homes and our buildings, waterfalls should also be celebrated as part of the landscape.
Waterfall lovers should remember that, despite all of the claims about water, water does not have to be the enemy.
Water falls are part of America’s heritage and, as such, should be protected.
And, in the end, they are an important part of our landscape.
Waterfall advocates and visitors alike should take note that the national water safety debate has been raging for a long time.
But this latest piece of information should be a wake-up call for everyone who cares about preserving the natural wonders that are part and parcel of the American experience.
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