Regarding your recent article that described the last of six public hearings that took place in San Diego for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Imperial Sand Dunes draft management plan, I found a notable discrepancy between a quote in the I.V. Press article and my recollection of the event.
Public comments began with a spokesperson reading a letter by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine. In providing the opening remarks of the evening, Rep. Hunter clearly intended to educate the BLM that what was to follow for the rest of the evening was a melodrama in which off-highway vehicle users and the philosophy of intensive use of public lands are "good" and wilderness supporters and the environmental ethic are "bad."
In reference to the letter provided by Rep. Hunter, your article said: "The letter goes on to refer to environmentalists as "enviros.'"
I distinctly remember Duncan Hunter's representative refer to "environmentalists as "environmental extremists," a term that obviously was intended to classify those who support open space and environmental protections as a demented and radical fringe element, bent on blaspheming the U.S. Constitution and desecrating the graves of more than two centuries of American veterans of war who died for the purpose of providing any American citizen the right to blast a dune buggy through any piece of public land he or she desires.