We were just passing thru Missoula as we do every fall and I picked up your paper at our favorite coffee stop. I didn't settle in to read it until we reached home. What a pleasure to find your article on the legendary Cecil Garland. Like the reader above I met Cecil and watched him at numerous meetings, hearings and public events in the 1960's and early 70's. He was undoubtedly the most heroic and strong willed public advocate I've ever met. During his many public appearances fighting to protect the Scapegoat wilderness he frequently moved hard men and tough women to tears.
The Scapegoat wilderness is undoubtedly a great masterpiece he left behind when he left Montana. However in the late 1970's he emerged from his ranch near the Utah-Nevada border to fight the bizarre MX missle system planned for his neighboring desert. Once again he moved those who listened, including at least one nationally televised audience.
The missle system never was built. Thanks for a fine article.
Deer Harbor, Washington
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