You are here: home   Issues   They're Here: Global Warming's Unlikely Harbingers   Respect the people who care about the West

Respect the people who care about the West

Document Actions
I love the subtitle of HCN, "The paper for people who care about the West." I care about the West. I also care a great deal about the dialogue of people who care about the West. HCN is an important part of that dialogue, but I wish I could say I am comfortable with what you are currently doing.

To be candid, I agree with the plainly advertised politics of HCN, but not the current emotional, unbalanced presentation of the issues. I was disturbed further this week to see how you paternalistically discounted the comments of some of your "conservative readers." There are two sides to every issue, and anyone of your experience and intelligence knows that nothing good gets accomplished in the highly charged environment of the New West without paying respect to the voices of all the people who care about the West, not just the voices of people who care about it the way you think they should.

I hope you will consider T.S. Eliot’s warning, "The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason." By encouraging people to react to the complex problems of the West, rather than to thoughtfully consider them, I think you are asking them to do the right thing for the wrong reason.

Kris Chandler
Orem, Utah

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. Why I am a Tea Party member |
  3. The privatization of public campground management | All the info you need to decide whether you love o...
  4. Efficiency lessons from Germany |
  5. The Latest: Interior commits to restoring bison on select lands | The “odd ungulate out” gets a tentative win.
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  3. What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and...
  4. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
  5. North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste | Regulators look at raising the limit for radiation...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone