The (Yuma, Arizona) Sun newspaper published an anti-environmentalist editorial on Feb. 13 which opened: >Environmental policies have consequences >Feb 13, 2002 >Although environmentalists like to wrap themselves in a warm glow of doing good to protect the world's animal and plant >species, the consequences for the human species do not have the same glow. >We have seen that in our own area where restrictions demanded by environmentalists to protect a plant in the Imperial Sand >Dunes have severely hampered recreational use of the area and impacted the businesses that support those uses. >Even more sinister are environmental proposals that could restrict use of the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range east of >Yuma. Proposals to designate the area as a national park or a wilderness area would be very harmful to military >operations. The result would be a reduced military presence in our community and the economic harm that would follow, >not to mention the harmful impact on our nation's military preparedness. For the full text of the editorial, go to www.yumasun.com/artman/publish/story_277.shtml Both Daniel Patterson of the Center for Biological Diversity and I had letters published in the Yuma paper challenging the statements made in the editorial. You can find Daniel's letter at www.yumasun.com/artman/publish/story_289.shtml and mine at www.yumasun.com/artman/publish/story_315.shtml I have only included the links for the letters to keep your e-mail download time to a minimum. If you can't access the articles and would like copies of them, please e-mail me at yumaaspres@xxxxxxxxx Cary Meister Conservation Chairman Yuma Audubon Society You are subscribed to AZ-LEADER. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to az-leader@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to az-leader-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.