Good column, Dan. Spot on!
You have just described all the problems we have in Santa Cruz, CA. Only multiply your Missoula numbers by 4 or 5.
Someone asked "what's the solution?" There is none, alas. Not until people stop using houses as investments, wanting to sell the house for more than they bought it and getting every last penny they can get.
Baloney. Fireworks pollute the air, scare the bejeezus out of dogs, create anxiety in veterans with PTSD, and leave toxic residue all over the landscape. Freedom? How about we accept that their are responsibilities as well as rights in being an American citizen.
Find some other way to celebrate freedom! Parades, parties, dancing ... even drinking (at home, not anywhere requiring driving).
Bicycling most certainly is transportation by mechanized vehicle. I like the way the bike boys think they can change the meaning of words by...changing the meaning of words.
Mountain biking is not environmentally benign.
The Wilderness Act was passed for future generations, so it matter not whether it is a biblical times edict.
Lifting quotes from Frank Church and Morris Udall to fit the agenda of recreational mountain bike speedsters is reprehensible.
"Sustainable" is nothing more than a buzzword for this organization, lifted from the basket of rhetoric.
The real reason "Most bicyclists leave the wilderness at dusk and don't camp" is that they speed through a Wilderness area as fast as humanly possible on their mechanized transport vehicle.
Finally, mountain bicyclists want only one thing. Everything.
You don't get to have your way, so got pound sand.
Thanks, Ednor! You spoke eloquently, simply, artistically, and exactly -- for me. Every bit of your essay is my history (I'm 70). Every bit, including in the joy this atheist shared with her young daughter when we set out cookies and milk for Santa Claus. You said "I like joining in the holiday spirit because it's a shared feeling that makes our connections just a little bit tighter." Joy to the world indeed.
Thanks for this, Forrest. My husband and I stopped flying in 2006. We live on the west coast and we travel long distance only by Amtrak. We have been to Seattle, Salem, Denver, Fairfield (Iowa), Albuquerque, Austin, Norman (Oklahoma), and Massachusetts -- all trips to see family. We will not ever fly again. I'm tempted to make White Russians tomorrow night, to honor E.M. Frimbo. Maybe we'll just do with gin & tonic...Frimbo won't mind and would find our toast and our train travels to his liking.
I am grateful to author Tobias for this summary of Sage Grouse shenanigans by the oil and gas industry. They have always been good at their task to smear science, environmentalists, and everyone and everything who advocate for anything that gets in their way.
Good investigative journalism! Thanks to Tristan for persevering. Secrecy in government is becoming more insidious, as articles like this one illustrate. Keep up the good work, Tristan.
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