Bruce Many: Stop the smoke! |

Bruce Many: Stop the smoke!

To the Editor:

Once again, our area is filled with hazy wildfire smoke, probably from those burning in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada. Can you imagine what their air must be like?

This year may set new records for acres burned. Wildfires cannot always be prevented, but their impacts can often be minimized.

We have let rabid environists (environmentalists without the “mental”) create hazardous conditions in our forests. They say that they want to “save” wildlife habitat – but what they’ve really done by stopping most logging is to set conditions that fill our forests with so much tinder that catastrophic fires are inevitable.

Logging alters habitat for a few years; hot fires destroy habitat for a few decades.

Grasslands have also been under their attack. When cattle are kicked off those lands, grasses grow higher, setting conditions for massive fires.

We have allowed environists to reduce and to vilify logging, ranching, mining, drilling, hunting, and trapping. Too many reasonable, intelligent people have been silent while radicals successfully pressured our government to foolishly restrict the use of our natural resources.

We are supposed to be in control of our government, but that works only if we participate. Stop being silent and start participating. Vote for candidates who understand that the first step back to a healthy economy is to wisely harvest our natural resources.

Bruce Many


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