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A summer of climate catastrophes is beginning to edge towards autumn, offering those most afflicted a measure of hope for more benign weather. We shall see. The upper Midwest has been spared the worst of it — the droughts, deluges, wildfires and dust storms plaguing huge swaths of the continent. As I compose these thoughts, a gentle, cool rain kisses the landscape. Water is becoming among the most critical and endangered resources. Here in Wisconsin, we take it for granted, blessed as we are with our proximity to the Great Lakes. We shouldn't. The states and Canadian provinces bordering this vast reserve of fresh water have taken steps to improve its quality and safeguard it from being piped elsewhere. The "water wars" breaking out in America's parched west are just beginning. The bottom line? We either change our ways and stop global warming, or we perish. Seems an easy choice, but one many of our feckless leaders fail to grasp.

“The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.”                                                                                                 Rabindranath Tagore

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