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After World War II and through the '60s, jobs were plentiful as logging and lumber mills were going strong, paying good wages. Welfare was almost unheard of and when someone was having a hard time they were directed to the Salvation Army. Many university students were working mill jobs to pay for their education so as not to be forever in debt, as they are today.

Then the national environmental movement started and soon logging and mill work declined and welfare became the norm, as it is today. The environmentalists said they were going to protect our animals and the old growth forest as well as the quality of our air. However, now because of mismanagement, our forest is burning, the animals are dying, our citizens are suffering from the smoke and the jobs are gone. All while the environmentalists are hundreds of miles away planning their next lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service.

I am sure these environmentalists are welling-meaning folks, but look at what they and those who support them have done.

Isn't it time to support the wind of change rather than that of fire? 

Please write Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and tell them enough is enough.

Ellen Chaussee,


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