Mindy Wiebush claims to have heard negative things about activists protecting Cove/Mallard forests and Idaho and denigrates those people (HCN, 2/19/96). Yet she labels actions from corporate vigilantes as merely "hotheaded." While I don't know anything about what she is rumored to have heard, this is what I know for sure:
All activists are requested to observe non-violence guidelines. This includes training to teach respect for others;
I experienced two separate occasions this past year where gunshots were used as intimidation and/or threats against protesters. One person was held by vigilantes with a gun pointing at his head. Both county and federal governments brushed-off these incidents;
A close friend, a native of Idaho, was brutally beaten by a so-called local logger from Alaska;
I witnessed Forest Service officials lie in court.
The letter-writer conveys a sad but true statement about our society - the belief that non-violent resistance and dissent are wrong and only violence is legitimate. No wonder the nation, freedom and Earth are all in severe jeopardy.
The writer works with the Cove/Mallard Coalition, which can be reached at the new e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.