You are here: home   Issues   The Fiery Touch   The wealthy shouldn't whine
Topic: Culture & Communities     Department: Letters

The wealthy shouldn't whine

Document Actions

In regards to the article "Health studies gas up," I am frustrated at Ms. Waldholz's lack of perspective (HCN, 6/21/10).

While I agree wholeheartedly with all the measures to safeguard the public health and the health of the environment discussed in this article, I can't help getting upset by who is doing the complaining: wealthy whites living in a subdivision. If you're going to preach about the environmental health impacts of development, your words bear more weight if they aren't spoken from yet another sprawling subdivision with a golf course. How many square feet is the average home? What is the average fuel economy of the vehicles the homeowners drive? How much are the HOA dues? How many hours do they spend whacking that stupid white ball around? I'll bet a lot of fossil fuel was and continues to be burned for their lifestyle.

Perhaps I'm being presumptive. Perhaps these are modest homes and the golf course is open to the public with reasonable greens fees. Maybe they carpool to the grocery store. Or perhaps their beef is more with the developer and real estate agent who sold them homes near pre-approved drilling sites and not with Antero or the regulations surrounding drilling (which undoubtedly need much improvement).

I guess the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and no one squeaks like wealthy Americans. Or perhaps they are just listened to better by government. Talk about the opposite of your "Green Justice" series.

Lucas Hill
Groveland, California


Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River | As Big Ag flourishes, this massive waterway suffer...
  2. The Latest: Wild Mexican wolf pups born in Sierra Madre | The species still struggles on both sides of the b...
  3. Recreation-related death toll soars this summer |
  4. Summer swimming in a Washington lake | A writer takes the plunge in frigid water.
  5. Colorado water users gird for first statewide plan |
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River | As Big Ag flourishes, this massive waterway suffer...
  3. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  4. Illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans | A native-born New Mexico Hispanic points out that ...
  5. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
More from Culture & Communities
Metamorphosis in Winnemucca Review of ‘The Days of Anna Madrigal’ by Armistead Maupin
An award, and a whole lot of visitors Cally Carswell wins a Society of Environmental Journalists award; visitors come to call.
George Harrison’s tree is killed by beetles, and more Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
All Culture & Communities
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone