Definition of an environmental extremist. According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the American Language, an extremist is a person or group that would resort to extreme or radical measures to further their agenda.
For example, let's say you belong to an organization that supports locking up the federal timberlands because of the Endangered Species Act. This results in a hazardous buildup of fuels which feed catastrophic fires every summer for more than two decades. This burns up the habitat, the poor little animals that you're trying to preserve and turns millions of board feet of timber into smoke, ashes and carbon dioxide. This has been happening every summer for at least a couple of decades, and it gets worse every year.
In the face of such graphic evidence, how can anyone state that there aren't any "extreme" environmentalists in Douglas County? In my opinion, the Douglas Timber Operators and mill owners who provide jobs should be complimented, not criticized. Have we forgotten all of the good causes the Ford Family Foundation has supported and the library they helped fund? They have donated money to help defeat Home Rule because they believe they have an agenda to make timber jobs even scarcer. They want to keep the mills open and their workers on the jobs.
I simply can't believe the unknown authors of this measure that was crafted behind closed doors with no public notice or input have invested all this time and effort because they love us so much. I'm almost certain they have an unstated and closely guarded agenda.
Call me old fashioned if you must, but I will be voting "no" on Measure 10-159 come Nov. 7. Thanks for paying attention.