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November 2006


EDITOR'S LETTER

The Walls Have Eyes

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Begun as a simple way of piling up rocks cleared from the soil, stone walls are now being stolen and carted out of our state. The good news is that word is spreading that this valuable and decorative part of our past is being destroyed. Robert Thorson, a geology professor at the University of Connecticut, is spearheading a drive to save the destruction of these icons with his Stone Wall Initiative. The town of Harwinton in Litchfield County has passed the so-called "stone wall ordinance" that requires town permission to excavate, dismantle or change existing stone walls. These structures are beautiful reminders of our agrarian past and practical markers of property lines. Like barns and open space, they must be saved. And the responsibility is ours.

D.J. Carey
Editor in Chief
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