Spot on, Dan. Thank you for the chuckles, while spotlighting ignorance.
Mr. Strandberg, please read history. It is a history far older than your ancestors in this beautiful country we white people now call our home. Had you, and yours, been treated so dismally, you might think differently.
My ancestors -- all from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Scotland and England -- came to this country after it was stolen from the people who had lived here for thousands of years. I bear no gulit for my ancestors; I simply acknowledge this fact of depredation.
I absolutely support Yellowstone National Park Chief Ranger Tim Reid and The Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Conservation and preservation of the park's resources comes first and foremost. Some day, kayaker Ben Kinsella will mature and stop thinking only of himself and his sense of entitlement to do anything he wants anywhere he wants. Meanwhile, Yellowstone and her environs, with the help of folks like Reid and the Coalition's Pearson, will prevail...for all time, for those of us who want to get her glad tidings, without the yahooing of the of extreme recreationists playing with their adrenalin. Nature first, for once, please.
The Blackfeet deserve everything they can possibly get for their community in this "war" with the BIA. No matter how much they ask for, it will never, in even the tiniest way, replace what has been taken from them.
Sounds to me like the Republican party has found their candidate for a Democratic senator for Montana and will smooth the way for him gladly. Watch out, Montana! Surely there is another qualified real Democrat in the whole state! Someone to the left of Baucus would be nice.
Yep, "...unsustainable patterns of water use" is the problem. It is the same everywhere. Too many people wanting a finite resource. The solution? Reduce population and increase conservation.
Sorry folks. They are not your dinosaurs. These treasures belong to the world. Does greed know no bounds? Do we sell human remains to the highest bidder? It is in the best interest of science to avoid buying specimens.
Two comments - about the loss of elk numbers - show once again, that many people do not "get it." That is, there were too many elk to begin with and their voracious grazing appetites decimated the riparian biosystems upon which other species are dependent. The growing and destructive global human population shows what happens when predators are removed. Wolves may be beautiful animals but their worth is not in their beauty. They preform an integral role in the health of the ecosystems of which they are a natural component.
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