Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

Thank you very much for your thoughtful and thought-provoking lead section of the August 16 Gazette. Such a fine and in-depth look at the interactions between man and the coastal edges of Martha’s Vineyard today and in our past really sets the table for some good and necessary discussions this fall and winter about where we go from here. Should we continue to allot vast chunks of money and resources to try to keep mother nature at bay or can we plan for an orderly retreat.

Please keep up the good work and keep the pressure on us all to really look at our decision-making process.

Chris Murphy, Chilmark