The clueless West

  Dear HCN,

The "Grappling With Growth" issue of Sept. 5 was the best yet, albeit downright despairing. I've been traveling around the West, up and down, back and forth, for almost 20 years and have yet to find a community that really had a clue as to what was happening to it.

Quite frankly, the philosophical concept of privately owned "land" is one of the root causes of the problem. Nothing will change until we, as a society, come to realize and fervently believe that the land doesn't belong to us; we belong to the land. And, as Ed Marston pointed out in his essay, much misery awaits us until this issue is resolved.

Runnin" wild,


Moscow, Idaho

Ramon, a stalwart of the anti-logging Cove/Mallard Coalition, describes himself as an "overage mutant gonzo dingbat."

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