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for people who care about the West

"Stop the madness"


I am tired of people like Patty Limerick, chair of the Center of the American West, University of Colorado-Boulder, making uninformed statements about environmentalists (HCN, 12/22/08). Criticizing environmentalists with a broad brush by saying "the whole-line-in-the-sand, Alamo type-of-thing again" when referring to environmental issues is just plain wrong.

If anything, environmentalists should be praised for being the people who have continually alerted the public and decision-makers about how dire our environmental circumstances are. Despite being blamed as intransigent, environmentalists don't give up helping the planet and people. That is remarkable and admirable to me.

I think Patty Limerick should join environmentalists, raise a hue and cry, and help solve problems instead of criticizing them and making problem-solving less feasible. It is time for all of us to shout out "Stop the madness." After all, our lives, families, communities and planet depend on an aroused and educated populace. Thank God environmentalists are not afraid to be the canaries in the coal mine.

Brandt Mannchen
Houston, Texas