Rebuilding the Old Man
In response to Vivek Rao’s column last Friday, “You Can't Replace The Old Man,” I would like to offer forth the point that New Hampshire’s Old Man in the Mountain has been synthetically held together for many years using anchoring spikes, cables, and epoxy. Although the original formation was entirely natural, the article neglected the fact that without man’s intervention it would have collapsed ages ago. The New Hampshire state government has already set the policy that the Old Man of the Mountain is not a landmark to be left to its own devices and completely rebuilding the monument is just following with an already established maintenance policy. Vivek Rao should have voiced concern when New Hampshire first decided to restore the monument, not when New Hampshire decides to repair the monument again.
George Waksman ’05