October 2003

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
-- Ronald Reagan



Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare,
but only those specifically enumerated."
-- Thomas Jefferson



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Thoughts for the day:

It is irresponsible for [The Department of the Interior] to keep buying more land. We already own one out of every five acres in the country. Before the government buys more land, it must learn to take care of what it already controls.

-Secretary Gale A. Norton, U.S. Department of the Interior


"After working with this law (the Endangered Species Act) during my 22 years in Congress, I've concluded it's the most powerful law in the land. It can be used to thwart everything from the training of our fighter pilots to the farmer's simple desire to plant a crop in his field so he can feed his family."

House Resources Committee Chairman James V. Hansen discussing a bill to restore the original intent of the ESA [Endangered Species Act]


"There is a deliberate and quite outspoken attack on the whole idea of people owning private property. Mr. William Reiley, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has said publicly on a number of occasions that he does not believe that people should have the right to own private property. To use his words, "The ownership of private property is a quaint anachronism." He has called for a repeal of the fifth amendment as it affects the right of private property. There are two laws that have been passed by the Congress that are being used to take property away from people. one is the Endangered Species Act, and the other one happens to be the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act has a section, 404, which allows the Corps of Engineers to regulate the water that is navigable. By a series of very twisted definitions, the Corps has adopted the idea, which the Fish and Wildlife and EPA are also following, that any body of water, or any moist land, anything that they can call "wetland" constitutes navigable water." -Dixie Lee Ray, scientist, recipient of the United Nations Peace Prize - 1992

"According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, simply limiting 'unreasonable' jury awards could cut health care costs by five to nine percent, saving $70 - $126 billion each year and allowing an additional 2.4 - 4.3 million Americans to obtain medical insurance." - May 6, 2003 press release of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, as cited by

October 31, 2003

Forest bill sails through - The Missoulian

Healthy Forests Act Too Late for Many -LMNS

Coalition calls for removal of reintroduced wolves - Idaho Statesman

BLM will sell oil and gas leases in scenic parts of Utah -Billings Gazette

Groups sue government over permit for power plant - The Missoulian

Aquifer study moves forward - Spokesman-Review

Western Washington braces for cold, snow -King 5 News

October 30, 2003

High court upholds $30 license tab measure -King 5 News

Smart Growth Not Growing -Liberty Matters News Service

McCain, Lieberman Like Kyoto -LMNS

Senate Approves Leavitt As EPA Head -LMNS

The Great National Land Grab -American Policy Center

Smokey Bear meets al-Qaida, eco-terrorists - WND

Scientist warns of adverse effects of excess CBM water - prediction based on 'modeling' - Billings Gazette

October 28, 2003

Global warming, the quadrillion dollar question - Environmental News Network

Things Aren't the Same Down on the Farm - Yakima Herald

Fossil-fuel plants up for comment - Spokesman-Review

Nethercutt fires back with newspaper ads - Spokesman-Review

The Lone Mountain Compact: - Principles for Preserving Freedom and Livability in America's Cities and Suburbs

October 27, 2003

Court rules ban on public access to trail stands -Billings Gazette

Policy changes may be adding up to create a new forest order -The Daily Interlake

The radical green 'god-squad' - by Henry Lamb, for News with Views

Flood damage on park lands could take months to repair -King 5 News

Buyout of ranchers proposed - Plan pulls cattle from public lands - Arizona Star

October 26, 2003

State Blanket Primary Dealt Another Blow - KOMO News

The Backlash Against "Smart Growth"-Innovation Briefs

Public offers feedback on final draft of watershed plan -Methow Valley News

Tribes want trust predicament settled -Billings Gazette

October 25, 2003

Primary ruling to be appealed -Seattle Times

Armed and dangerous: Forest Service calls Elko ads inflammatory - Las Vegas Sun

Lake dispute reaches high-water mark - Tribal inventory riles dock owners along Lake Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe River -Spokesman-Review

Boy Scouts executives to log 86 acres-Spokesman-Review

Jobless tax will jump by average 12 percent -King 5 News

Water users say they have more strength in numbers - Spokesman-Review

October 23, 2003

Why wood buildups cause jams -King 5 News

Business coalition formed to counter environmentalists - The Missoulian

175-year-old dam being removed from Neversink River -Mid-Hudson News

Boise Cascade seeks $900K tax refund - The Daily News

Greenpeace accused of money laundering donations - Group Files IRS Complaint, Seeks to Revoke Privileged Tax Exempt Status -Publc Interest Watch

October 22, 2003

Citizen Review 'tells it like it is' - by Lois Krafsky-Perry, Editor

Spotted Owl May Go Extinct Anyway -LMNS

Norton to sign water transfer deal - Contra Costa Times

Alaska, N.M govs join BLM boss in urging more energy production - Las Vegas Sun

Forest Service team in court over disbanding -The Olympian

Klamath: Study Says Irrigation Did Not Kill Salmon -AP

Washington Mutual may cut 4,000 jobs -King 5 News

October 21, 2003

Forde, Tharinger "Meet the Press" on Channel 3 tonight

Cowboys, Indians, and land: an old saga's new twist - Christian Science Monitor

Minimum wage debate centers on jobs and 'bottom line survival' - Daily Herald

Fla. Gov. Orders Feeding Tube Reinserted - Rocky Mount Telegram

Healthy Forests Hits Another Roadblock -LMNS

October 20, 2003

ELECTION RECOMMENDATION: Voters should OK initiative repealing ergonomic rules -The News Tribune Editorial

New-look Republicans gear up for '04 session and beyond -The Olympian

Pentagon, Environmentalists Battle Over Training Impact - CBS News

Senators McCain and Lieberman Propose Energy Tax - NCPPR

From government land acquisitions...Higher taxes guaranteed - Henry Lamb, Eco-logic

Is tourism killing the environment? -Turkish News Online

October 19, 2003

Water users angry about congressional letter on salmon - Lawmakers ask Bush to ensure plan works to restore wild fish, want dams removed --Spokesman-Review

COALITION: No Land Trust Tax Deal! ALRA News Release

October 17, 2003

Federal Agencies Failure to Comply with Executive Order Has Cost Taxpayers over $1 Billion - Brian J. Rogers

A new logging sheriff's in town: State water officials given veto power, especially along coast - Sacramento Bee

Eco-space the problem, not the solution - Brevard Insider

"Terri Lights" Shine Bright - Nationwide!

October 16, 2003

Panel on lakes invites call-in - Pend Oreille's winter level on meeting agenda -Spokesman-Review

Idaho delegation sponsors measure to clarify Patriot Act - Bipartisan SAFE Act introduced in Senate, similar legislation to be introduced in House

Black Group Opposes U.S. Civil Rights Commission Environmental Justice Report - Civil Rights Commissioners Should Withhold Endorsement

October 15, 2003

Excavator gets jail time for clearing along creek - Atascadero Creek landowner must restore damaged land, may face fines, sanctions -Press Democrat

NY Sues for "Crimes Against Nature" - Democrat & Herald

"Green Fields" Considered "Infrastructure" LMNS

Mexico-to-Yukon conservation proposal unveiled - The Wildlands Project (TWP) growing wings - Casper Star Tribune

Federal suit targets Greenpeace for members' actions - Experts say conviction may dampen dissent -San Francisco Chronicle

The sky is always falling...Environmental Scientists Must Stop Crying Wolf - eco-freedom mag.

October 14, 2003

Deal could end Trinity River dispute, restore flows for salmon, tribes - Bakersfield Californian

Judge extends ban on logging in six old-growth timber sales - The Columbian

Debate over forests is a difference in priorities-Seattle P-I

October 11, 2003

Forest plan would curb visitor access - Contra Costa Times

Worthwhile, or waste? U.S. transportation law requires funds for 'enhancements' - Times Dispatch

Hey, have we got a deal for the U.S. government - If federal officials want an owl study, we have a suggestion. Read a newspaper - Union-Bulletin

October 10, 2003

Seattle, WA: Monorail aims to crack down on tax evaders -King 5 News

Kalakala to stay in Puget Sound -King 5 News

Politics are taking backseat to 'green' plan - Philadelphia Inquirer

Federal judge extends ban on logging old-growth trees - The News Tribune

On dam removal

October 8, 2003

Utah Wilderness Agreement Affects all 50 States - BLM lifts some wilderness protection - Agency enforcing Utah settlement in all 50 states -LMNS

Competitiveness council resurrected - Locke rebuilds group from various industries to evaluate state's business climate -The Olympian

Agreement may settle dredging challenge -The Columbian

State nears decision on timber funds -The Columbian

Wind farm project blowing away - Developer of a proposed wind farm north of Prosser said Monday that the company will kill the project before paying for another environmental study - Tri-City Herald

Official: Burned timber no longer salvageable -The Missoulian

County Government Can Protect Property Rights - Why County Law Needs to Adopt E.O. 12630 - SUA News

Arizona: Freedom for America Conference set for Oct. 17-18

Environmentalists Broker Deal to Demolish Dam -LMNS

As Far As the Eye Can See - Group "Scenic America" strives to cut off building for sake of 'viewshed' - LMNS

Olympic Peninsula, WA: Local former publisher responds to letter on UN's Biosphere program

October 7, 2003

California to Instigate Global Warming Lawsuit -LMNS

California couple killed by grizzly bear in Alaska park -Billings Gazette

Tennesee resident organizes for green space bond - The Tennessean

October 6, 2003

Judges rule in favor of Mesa brake shop after 60 Minutes tackles eminent domain cases - The Arizona Republic

Fish habitat is destroyed along with common sense - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Use of hatchery salmon to boost wild runs raises thorny questions -Seattle Times

October 3, 2003

Olympia appealing new flood zone -King 5 News

Choosing America's Future by Henry Lamb

Feds: Owl suit raises fire risk - AZ Daily Star

Montana: Wolf lawsuit hurts conservation cause, says attorney - The Missoulian

Wolf backers sue over status change - Lack of management plan in Oregon cited among factors -Spokesman-Review

Rock Creek Mine appeal denied - Environmental groups say they will sue in federal court - The Missoulian

The Agenda for the RangeNet 2003 Conference in Boulder, Colorado

Bear visits Letterman's cabin one time too many - Biologists trap bear, release it 50 miles north -Spokesman-Review

Environmental radicals take campaign to suburbs -Billings Gazette

U.N. International Year of Freshwater 2003 set - Italy will host International Conference on Integrated Watershed Management

October 2, 2003

On Planning: Suburbia and Its Discontents -Harvard Design Magazine

Fish is latest in long line of species spats -Albuquerque Tribune

Minnow dispute simmers as Congress eyes spending -Albuquerque Tribune

Okanogan Farm Bureau president announces candidacy for state legislature

Montana: Conservation easement largest in state history - The Missoulian

Sightings of big cats on rise in city's parks, greenbelt -Spokesman-Review

Spotted owl numbers declined, report says - Population down despite 15-year recovery effort, wildlife biologist says -Spokesman-Review

State studies forests for 'carbon credit' value - Clean-air effort could lead to sale of credits to raise money for schools -Spokesman-Review

October 1, 2003

People for the West -Tucson Newsletter- Information and commentary on the environment, property rights, and multiple use of federal lands

Eminent Domain - a "60 Minutes" report - CBS News

State's minimum wage to hit $7.16 an hour, highest in U.S. -Seattle Times

Restaurant group wants relief from country's highest minimum wage - Puget Sound Business Journal

Minimum wage not so small - 15-cent increase likely to make state rate top in nation -The Olympian

State studies forests for 'carbon credit' value - Spokesman-Review

Idaho: University models poor stewardship - Spokesman-Review

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VIRGINIA - Gaia Forum series at the College of William and Mary to stimulate ongoing cross-campus dialogue, instruction, and research on what they claim is the most crucial question of our time: "[H]ow to work together to transform a cancerous global economy predicated on the infinite expansion of production and consumption of commodities into a socioeconomic order that is compatible with a finite, perishable planet?" - "We plan to establish autonomous chapters or "nodes" on college campuses throughout the world. . " - Question Presented: Does this sound like a program likely to enlist students opposed to free-enterprise and the private sector?


"[T]he Endangered Species Act, like Frankenstein, despite the good intentions of its creators, has become a monster..." _ The Honorable Paul Kelly, 10th Circuit Court of Appeal, Dissent, Silvery Minnow Decision

Letter to the editor in The Daily News, Longview, WA:

Who pays the wages?
When you are at the courthouse, do you have the feeling that you are working for them, instead of them working for you? Who is paying their wages?
Monte G. Hamer
Castle Rock


Regarding the redistribution of your income...

When is a pay raise not a pay raise? When it's written up as a law, amazingly. "This is not a pay raise. This is an increase that's required by law," claimed Senate Appropriations Committee chair Ted Stevens, on the "not a pay raise" that raised pay for members of Congress from today's $154,700 to $158,000 in 2004.

And now that they got theirs, how are they spending yours? For starters, this week's 60th annual National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Alabama, received $202,500 for the event.
from The Federalist, 10/31/03


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