Michael Lewinski, writing in the Unofficial Stop SuperVail Website, bcn.boulder.co.us/environment/Vail/, says that after the Oct. 19 arson at Vail, e-mail poured in.
"I've been called some extremely nasty names,"
he writes. - 'Nazi" seems the most popular so
"Ours is not the first movement to be hurt
by the actions of an extremist who does not represent the views of
99.99 percent of those working for the cause. I create Web sites.
In my meager spare time I work for social and environmental
justice. I don't set fires or support anyone who does. There's only
so many ways I can say that I reject violence as a solution - that
I don't support it, endorse it, or believe in any way that violence
will solve the problems we face today.
I have never been on Vail Mountain, I also received several e-mails
from people who loved the place and who were crushed by what the
fires destroyed. One person wrote: "I skied there as a child and
grew to appreciate nature there. I would like whoever it is that
did this to know that they are responsible for killing a large
number of whistle pigs, wood mice, weasels and other animals that
lived under those structures ..."
"I hope that
the Earth Liberation Front is reading this. You have severely hurt
our cause, and I pray that you are caught before an incident like
this hurts or kills someone, and before another legitimate campaign
to protect wilderness is damaged by your
"To that end, I'm donating $50 to the
reward fund for your capture and conviction."
Lewinski says he also wrote a letter to the
Earth First! Journal in Eugene, Ore., letting people know that he
was "pissed at the ELF" for threatening stepped-up violence. ELF's
notice, posted on the Web, said: "This action is just a warning. We
will be back if this greedy corporation continues to trespass into
wild and unroaded areas. For your safety and convenience, we
strongly advise skiers to choose other destinations until Vail
cancels its inexcusable plans for expansion."
Lewinski said the message "begins to justify
giving the FBI power to investigate radical environmentalists as a
"terrorist threat." "