Despite the nods to reality noted in Amy Wold’s June 19 piece on coastal restoration, officials are clearly unwilling to fully admit that we are wasting billions of dollars on a battle we cannot possibly win.

The money being washed away by the irreversible course of nature could be used to help mitigate the losses of those directly affected rather than thrown away on efforts that provide false hope.

Stephen Winham

retired state budget director

St. Francisville