The West includes people, too

  In response to cranky letters about HCN covering fewer environmental issues and more "sociology" ? recent stories on Cannon Air Force Base (HCN, 8/22/05: Leavin' on a Jet Plane) and Polynesian/Mormon gangs in Utah (HCN, 8/8/05: The Gangs of Zion) ? I wanted to compliment you on expanding your editorial vision.

As environmental justice activists point out again and again, the word "environment" is defined differently depending on race, culture, social class and geography. To assert that environmental articles should be limited to land use or habitat or natural resource issues misses the point. HCN is a publication "for people who care about the West," and like it or not, the West includes people.

Andy Robinson
Plainfield, Vermont