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April 19 — April 25


Last week's cover artist is named Bryan Moore, not Bryan Mooore. So we slipped in an extra "o"--don't have a cow! (OK, bad joke.) Also, in last week's food review, the address and phone number for the North End sushi bar Taste was incorrectly listed as being the same as Richards of Hyde Park. Truth is, while the two restaurants are connected, Taste's address is 1530 N. 13th St., and their phone number is (208) 336-5122.

Cope's No Dope

Bill Cope is right on target with his "Evangelecology" piece (BW, Cope, April 12, 2006). This planet cannot support, in a sustainable manner, the current population of Homo sapiens, let alone one that continues to grow. Eventually so-called third-world countries, notably China and India, are going to indulge their tastes for first-world goods; automobiles (and the fuels that go with them), electronics, appliances, etc. As Jared Diamond points out in his book Collapse, the world probably will be overwhelmed by the increased demands that will result from these nations' new-found "wealth." Just these two countries upping their standards of living to those of the typical American consumer will add hundreds of millions more of everything, requiring resources (some already scarce in certain parts of the globe) for manufacturing goods. What will become of all those products when they have outlived their usefulness? Do we literally turn Washington, D.C., into the landfill it already is?

--Jim Holyan,


Oh boy! The evangelicals have decided that the planet might be worth caring for after all. Now they can start buying fuel-efficient vehicles and energy -saving lightbulbs, while simultaneously voting for corporate politicians and not doing anything about the biggest issue, overpopulation. Here in Portland, I've noticed a new class of idiots, whom I now refer to as Hybrid Snobs. They write letters to The Oregonian castigating everyone for not being like them and spending $50,000 on a new Lexus hybrid SUV. I've got a friend who owns a full-sized Chevy truck, but only drives a couple thousand miles a year at the most. Who do you think is using more resources and putting more toxins in the air?

--Christopher Collins,

Portland, Oregon

CIEDRA=Bad news

Some claim that CIEDRA will protect the Boulder-White Clouds forever as wilderness. One might ask, then, why 41 conservation organizations, including 15 groups in Idaho, oppose CIEDRA, while the number of conservation groups supporting the bill can be counted on just one hand. The answer is that CIEDRA weakens existing protections for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, gives away nearly 30 percent as much public land in Idaho as the recent Bush administration's proposal, and denies traditional wilderness protections for the Boulder-White Clouds. For example, CIEDRA would allow ATVs, helicopters, and even motor vehicle use in the wilderness.

It's been said that successful legislation involves compromise. Historically, the majority of compromises in wilderness bills have been about how much acreage to include in wilderness, not about abandoning the protective provisions of the Wilderness Act. Six of Idaho's seven existing wildernesses resulted from bills that fully upheld the protections intended by the Wilderness Act. Unfortunately, CIEDRA would do the opposite.

While many organizations work to protect roadless areas and add new areas to the Wilderness System, Wilderness Watch is widely recognized as the only national organization dedicated to assuring ongoing, year-after-year protection for the wilderness character of lands within America's National Wilderness Preservation System. CIEDRA would create wilderness on paper while harming wilderness values where they really count--out on the ground. Please say No to CIEDRA.

--TinaMarie Ekker

Wilderness Watch,

Missoula, Montana