Are you listening, Chuck? (I know, I know, that pacifier sho' tastes good!) Here's a tip: you abdicated any credibility and integrity for your position by pretending to move millions (yes, it's true: millions!) of conscientious Americans into a classification of un-American and communistic (I can easily visualize the photo of Sen. Joseph McCarthy you must have hanging on your bedroom wall). You so readily accuse others of lies and deceit when it is SO evident to everyone that you have no ethical problem with dispensing lies like free candy on Halloween. Only you ain't handing out treats of truth; you're handing out tricks of absolutely unfounded BS.
Who do you think you're trying to con? I guess that your position on the issues is so indefensible that that's all you have. You babble on like you know the minds of environmentalists intimately, as if you know me personally, when it's clear you don't even know who you are.
The I.V. Press is a forum for you to apparently assuage a traumatic childhood and project your repressed fears onto environmentalists who merely aim to protect some good things for ALL people for ALL time.
The free press is a beautiful thing but it is not my intention, nor I believe the intention of other environmentalists, to indulge in or lend credibility to this kind of pathetic and insolent diatribe: it does not move us any closer to a solution. I have no problem engaging in constructive discussions through this forum, a public hearing, or other means; but I have no desire, now or ever, to continue to perpetuate what has become a game of insults that does not truly reflect the issues or the characters of most of those on either side.
So, go ahead, Chuck. take your best shot: I'm through responding to nonsense.
I say "public lands" means that "everybody" owns the land and "everybody" has an equal right within the law and within some measure of ethical decency to influence how those lands should be used.
MICHAEL W. BREWSTER