Ten Miles Square


November 30, 2012 11:43 AM Words of Warning from My Grandfather

By Joshua Tucker

Big shout out to my mom, who has a letter to the editor in the New York Times today:

To the Editor:

Re “We Need to Retreat From the Beach,” by Orrin H. Pilkey (Op-Ed, Nov. 15):

My father, who retired in 1975, was chief of the North Atlantic Division of the Army Corps of Engineers. More than 40 years ago, he said to me that nobody should be allowed to own land on the coastline.

He thought that the beaches should be accessible to everyone and that it was dangerous to build by the water.


Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2012

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University.


  • Tired Liberal on December 02, 2012 9:00 PM:

    Mom is right.