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CONGRESS: Fund land and water conservation

Letter by Mark Quinn, Olympia on Nov. 30, 2010 at 11:48 am with 13 Comments »
November 30, 2010 1:47 pm

Most people would agree that Theodore Roosevelt did more for conservation in this country than any other person then or since. He was born into a privileged family, and his conservation ethic did not come as a result of his birthright. He was fascinated with nature from the time he could walk and he constantly returned to the outdoors to re-energize his body and soul.

Along the way he came to fully understand and appreciate the essence of and foundation that nature played in our livelihood. That understanding evolved into a belief that our natural resources belonged “to the public and should not be used for profit.”

Fortunately for us, he became president and was able to act on his beliefs in spite of organized opposition from corporations and corrupt politicians. Lest anyone forget, Roosevelt was a Republican.

Congress should not have to struggle to find bipartisan support for full funding of this country’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Roosevelt would have done it with a swing of his fist to the podium. Sen. Maria Cantwell is co-sponsoring the legislation, and Sen. Patty Murray should as well.

This fund preserves the kind of places that helped a young Roosevelt develop his appreciation of nature. And with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill still fresh in our minds, what better way to fund it than with some of the revenue offshore oil and gas leases?

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. redneckbuck says:

    M.Quinn from Showalter Middle School?

  2. ItalianSpring says:

    Forget ‘funding’ anything else. Roosevelt a republican? RINO maybe, and certainly not a conservative by any stretch. As for swinging his fist to the podium, lots of thugs use their fists to intimidate others when their policies won’t pass on merit. Chicago breeds thugs. Hmmmmmm.

  3. sumner402 says:

    Good lord the right is as negative as they can be.

  4. spotted1 says:

    Ah yes Sumner…because the left is always positive and looking on the bright side of life. Nary a negative word from their mouths.

    How about we do something good with the money we are getting taxed on and fund something that will be around after we are all dead. Not like social security or our government.

  5. ItalianSpring says:

    spotted – good point.

  6. beerBoy says:

    Labeling Teddy Roosevelt a RINO demonstrates the amazing revisionism of the T minded.

  7. sumner402 says:

    How about we do something good with the money we are getting taxed on and fund something that will be around after we are all dead.

    So you are in favor of conservation of our land and water.
    you want to fund our national parks, expand them if possible, fund water conservation and clean air. I take then you would also favor a tax on the polluters in the country to help pay for it and regulation to clean them up.
    You would support that?

    How about that something positive form a far right extremist.

    Or are you just further proving that you on the right have nothing but negative thoughts and hate? Nothing but childish personal attacks for anyone that does not march in total lock step with the party.

    I’ve got my money on the latter.

  8. sumner402 says:

    Labeling Teddy Roosevelt a RINO demonstrates the amazing revisionism of the T minded.

    But you knew it was going to happen.

  9. ratujack says:

    Environmentalism……..has taken over where communism was stopped. What kind of card doe’s Sumner carry? Be honest!

  10. beerBoy says:

    So now Teddy Roosevelt is a Marxist!

    ROTFLMAO

  11. sumner402 says:

    I wonder how far they will take it?

  12. beerBoy says:

    communism was stopped

    I’m thinking that ratujack should tell the houses (3rdpig and blakes) that communism was stopped so they have nothing to worry about……

  13. Ispring “swing his fist to the podium” How gauche, a true gentlemen would pound it with his shoe.

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