Letters to the Editor
The more durable the medium on which the words (information) is written and the greater the care that is taken to preserve it, the more durable, permanent and valuable the record will be. One very large EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) manmade or from a distant star can destroy electrical and electronic devices and erase any magnetically and electronically stored information. Which is why the one permanent record of our existence on planet earth was sent outside of our solar system on Voyager and was physically recorded on a gold disc with instructional pictures etched into it that showed how to use it. That disc could survive an EMP and outlast all other records of our existence, even the planet on which we live. Today as archaeologists find, and scholars slowly translate: the sand script texts, Babylonian clay tablets, and Egyptian hieroglyphics continue to add to our understanding of our past. An important aspect of past physical records may have been most evident during the Renaissance when they enabled or at least helped mankind to pull itself out of the dark ages (a collapsed society) that led to the modern civilization that we have today. History is full of collapsed societies whose accrued knowledge was lost.
So what kind of record will we leave for those who follow us? A solid physical record that might help them rebuild or a record that evaporates in a cloud so they have to start from scratch to rebuild.
Terry O’Neill, Lake Geneva resident & former alderperson
Cindy Yager-Franke, Lake Geneva resident
The measure failed 8-0.