Get out, and stay out

  I have enjoyed reading your newspaper for over 10 years. However, when I read the new editor’s call for amnesty for all undocumented aliens in the U.S., I realized that HCN is no longer a paper for people that “care about the West.”

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, anyone who takes a realistic look at the environmental problems facing the West understands that population growth is the driving force that is destroying the clean air, clean water, wildlife and open space that we all love. The population growth of U.S. citizens is reaching a plateau and that growth is coming from immigration (primarily illegal immigration). To see your new editor side with the Bush/corporate/open borders camp is reprehensible for any sort of publication that seeks to speak authoritatively on environmental issues.

Craig Coonrad
Bainbridge Island, Washington