If I had one to bet, I think I could safely bet my ranch that the dollar amount the Interior Department agreed to in the Cobell settlement was only pennies on the dollar of what they actually owed the First Nations people (never mind the accrued interest due), after 100 or more years of incompetent bookkeeping and accounting and intentionally, systematically screwing them over, including outright criminal fraud.
The radicals and extremists are, obviously, Jennifer Fielder and the American Lands Council and their ilk, not BHA and its supporters who, as the article points out, merely want to maintain the status quo.
I love the way the ALC and the motorheads and their cohorts have co-opted the language. Just a few common examples : "Multiple Use" now has the connotation of only extractive uses - logging, mining and grazing; "recreation" and "access" have come to mean only - in their minds - motorized recreation and access. What do they think they have legs and feet for ? Looking at most of them, getting their fat asses off their motorized contraptions and walking or skiing some of that lard off would do them a world of good.
Leave with your Tin pot furher , Trumpnazis.
Delighted to read the account of the closing of Missoula`s rivers to motorized watercraft. I was involved in that worthy and successful effort. Nobody had a job title but mine would have been designated bitcher. The FWP did a very thorough and conscientious job of examining the issues both pro and con. The Clarkfork Coalition teamed with a number of local river-use organizations teamed up to represent opposition to the power boaters who didnt bother showing up until the fourth hearing. Then they showed up bigtime!
FWP was forced to move the meeting to a bigger venue. The power boaters out-numbered the flyfishermen, inner tubers, dog-walkers, rock-skippers and yes, tree- huggers by a considerable margin. TheMainEvent started with an accusation from the power boaters that the objection they were adressing was initiated by Green tree-huggers from California that were out to own the river for themselves. The response was quick and heated. The Rockthrower General confronted his youthful accusor by stating that he (the Rockthrower General ) had lived in Missoula since 1960. He accosted the power boat spokesperson asking "how long have you been here Sonney?" Things went downhill from there. But one chief objection had been put to rest. The protesting consortium was from Missoula!
The "Green Decoys" are a sly way of appearing to be hunters, fishermen, etc when they are really extreme environmentalists.
For example,Jackson Hole has at least a dozen of the "Green Decoy" organizations which ask for donations from hunters, fishermen, motorized recreationists only to use that money to close the forest to all but their interests.
This piece is really smart and, from a limited-view spot on the inside, accurate. Nice work, Derek.
I'm in! Just gotta figure out some way to stay in Missoula over the winter! I love curling. It's in my blood and bones. Just ask David, he knows what it's like. Next winter, I'm curling even if I've gotta sleep in a dumpster. Tim
I got a degree in History from UM in 2008. I can tell you, cuts to the History Department are just fine. I say that because I know the faculty and the lecture halls can only do so much. In fact, they don't really do anything. It's your willingness to get to the library, read your books, and do your writing that's important...not some old fogey dependent on your tuition dollars to pay for his healthcare and retirement.
I've written 7 history books and UM had nothing to do with that. It was my own decision, my own get-up-and-go, and my own hard work and discipline.
Students - and graduates - succeed because of how much they care and how much they work, not because of the size of their program or department.
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