September 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

September 29, 2003

Principal pay hikes raise eyebrows - Some feel the climate is not right, but the board wants to keep the salaries competitive - Bremerton Sun

Firms say Grant PUD broke law -Tri-City Herald

Children 'being brainwashed' by new green geography lessons -UK Telegraph

Best and worst states for taxes - Washington state ranks 2nd highest in combined tax burden - MSN

September 28, 2003

State water at center of debate - Meeting will address needs of farmers, migrating salmon -Spokesman-Review

Logging plan would cut fire danger - Spokesman-Review

The Dark Divide Decision: Environmentalists differ about pushing for wilderness -The Columbian

Skagit County: Candidates flood the freeholder ballot - 86 vie for slots that may determine area's future - Skagit Valley Herald

Anti-terror law put to other uses - The Arizona Republic

Water and growth - Study must dispel 'raise the drawbridge' myths - LV Review Journal

On education: The wolves are at the door - LVRJ

September 27, 2003

Think we're using up too much 'open space'? We've space to spare! The Daily Camera

4 aquatic reserves OK'd in Puget Sound -The Olympian

Shine Pit might define commissioner race - Six weeks till Nov. 4 general election-Port Townsend Leader

Looking at NAFTA's unfulfilled promises - Ag-Pioneer

September 26, 2003

Salmon planning battle to heat up -Bremerton Sun

Spokane River dying, Sierra Club says - State regulators claim water quality is improving; but group says it's most endangered river in state -Spokesman-Review

WA State Supreme Court lets I-18 stand - King County voters can amend county charter by initiative - Seattle P-I

Arlington, WA: Book launches on city's land-use code -Seattle Times

September 25, 2003

Yukon to Yucatan - The Wildlands Project continues forward - Liberty Matters News Service

Chesapeake: Push for Delmarva Wildlands Project Heats Up - Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) Wants $500,000,000 for Land and Resource Protection Racket -Sierra Times

400 Mile Journey, Not Unusual for Wolves - LMNS

Pocatello, Idaho: BlueRibbon Coalition supports National Park Service Final Rule allowing PWC Permanent Access to Lake Powell - News Release

Utah Governor Leavitt to Take Over EPA - Hearland Institute

September 24, 2003

Park County board tangles with wolf issues -Billings Gazette

Judge blocks do-not-call list - The Olympian

Idaho County takes aim at Patriot Act - Spokesman-Review

Baucus brokers compromise to bill -Healthy Forests Initiative could get added leverage - Daily Interlake

King County, WA: Recession slows county's sprawl - Seattle P-I

Sierra Club, US Communist Party Have Similar Goals - Liberty Matters News Service

September 22, 2003

Judge cleared in roadless case - Court dismisses ethics complaint, says no basis for allegations -Spokesman-Review

Eatery makes patrons sign liability waiver for fatty dessert - Seattle's 5 Spot using gimmick to ridicule lawyer -Spokesman-Review

EPA gives Cominco deadline for river plan - Company blamed for most pollution in Columbia -AP

September 20, 2003

Sue Forde wins primary election over Tharinger in Clallam County

Nevada's 'Shovel Brigade'in outhouse feud with Forest Service - Reno Gazette

Cougars Stroll through the Show-Me State - Wanda Benton

Locke to campaign for embattled Davis -King 5 News

Magistrate backs groups in trail issue -Spokesman-Review

Myrtle fire puts logging on hot seat - Group says fire shows thinning boosts fire danger; Forest Service says blaze in drainage inevitable -Spokesman-Review

Plum Creek Timber Co. loses $5 million due to fires -Daily Interlake

Washington will appeal blanket primary ruling -King 5 News

September 19, 2003

New zoning plan faces tough test - Herald-Mall Online

Federal 'roadless' policy officially ends - Forest Service chief: Decision changes little - Denver Post

Water lawsuit chills. Parties agree to 30-day delay - The potential lawsuit could stop all delivery of irrigation water in Southern Idaho in 2004, drying up two million acres of farmland - Capital Press

Animals sick, dying in greater numbers from West Nile virus - The Charlotte Observer

Skagit County, WA: Voters will decide sales-tax increase - Skagit Valley Herald

State economy shows little sign of recovery - Revenue forecasters expect $6 million less than previously predicted -The Olympian

Pilot taxpayer-funded project to save farms OK'd -Farmers can sell off development rights, sealing land from development forever - Seattle Times

FDA issues tampering warning - Potential threat to Western Washington Safeway stores - King 5 News

September 18, 2003

Interior Secretary Norton to announce $12.9 Million in tax money to fund conservation projects in 40 States - Includes saving bat habitat - DOI News

Wyoming governor lauds Fish and Wildlife for using reliable science to de-list mountain plover from ESA - News Release

September 17, 2003

Washington County, MD: County offers second chance to speak on plan to limit residential growth in rural areas - Herald-Mall Online

Development Rights Market or Transfer of Developments - They're Still A "Other People's Money" Scheme! - from Michigan Asssoc. of Home Builders

Bill has minnow, WIPP changes -The Albuquerque Tribune

Oregonians in Action...Look at "Smart Growth" in Action By Bill Moshofsky for eco-logic

At the WTO meeting...Eco-Imperialism challenged in Cancun - eco-logic report

Martz pushing eminent domain for Otter Creek power lines -Billings Gazette

Is Your Sheriff Worth His Salt? By Sheriff Mike Cook

September 16, 2003

With some 1,300 species on nation's 'endangered' list, Western Governor's Assoc.asks for more federal money to develop strategies - Billings Gazette

September 15, 2003

Endangered Species Act blasted by U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Resources by J. Zane Walley

Planning chief in Clallam County to be elected, a first in the nation -Seattle Times

More Conrol...The Purpose of Invasive Species - by Jim Beers, for eco-logic

Environmental Litigation Threatens Endangered Species - NCPP

Michaels turns on the energy light Trackside commentary by John D'Aloia Jr.

Wyoming: Thermopolis rancher seeks probe of BLM office -Billings Gazette

Court strikes down Wash.'s 'blanket' primary system -King 5 News

Last Time, There's No Global Warming - LMNS

September 14, 2003

Farm bill faces world scrutiny - Subsidy issue dominates trade-summit talks -Spokesman-Review

World trade talks on farming fail -AP

Fire policy revision stalls in Congress -Billings Gazette

No Land Trust Hijack of H.R. 7; final version with Senate bill could change the outcome - Liberty Matters News Service

September 13, 2003

Cow shooting fires up debate - Is open range necessary for ranchers or an outdated remnant of Old West? - Spokesman-Review

Hanford Reach group to propose a conservation plan to determine how monument will be managed-Spokesman-Review

Acreage number of fires surpass 2000 season - The Missoulian

September 12, 2003

Hood Canal controversy reaches critical stage -King 5 News

Skagit Valley: Lawsuit threat may spur talks on tide gate - Skagit Valley Herald

Boon to public health is cost to public trust - Commissioners create a new taxing district - Tri-City Herald

Bellingham: Group wants to put brakes on growth -Bellingham Herald

Chinese researchers confirm SARS came from animals -Reuters

New rules could sting home buyers - Initial costs increase on loans for manufactured houses -The Olympian

September 11, 2003

Say So Long to State Budget Deficits -Bob Williams & Lynn Harsh, Fox News

Washington Farm Bureau News, Sept. 10

Charette: A new consensus process for planners

Cave dweller banned from forest -Washington Times

The IRS refused to answer her questions by Vin Suprynowicz, Las Vegas Review Journal

September 10, 2003

Gap grows between housing costs, wages -King 5 News

Air travelers may be assigned color codes -King 5 News

Alert - Windows users: Mass-mailer with backdoor component

Coquille, Oregon: Small Town Government Set To Self Destruct -Sierra Times

September 9, 2003

News from Washington Farm Bureau - The battle over water and land

Rules ineffective for incoming invasive species -King 5 News

Rivers near historic low flows; fish persevere - Methow Valley News

Irrigation decision no surprise to some - Court rules federal government's rights exceed those of the state; case may go to the Supreme Court - Methow Valley News

NASA Helping To Understand Water Flow In The West - Science Daily

An Environmental Program You Should Consider Supporting - Opinion by Clifford C. Nichols, Attorney at Law, for Sierra Times

September 8, 2003

The Cornerstone of America's Freedom by George C. Landrith for Capitalism Magazine

How 'green' are the forests? The Columbian

Presidential visit revives dam debate -Bremerton Sun

Baker Lake sockeye make record return - Human efforts to save salmon include 'fish taxis,' 'gulpers' -Bellingham Herald

WASL examinations flunk on many levels-Spokesman-Review

Methow Valley homes evacuated for wildfire -The Olympian

SANTA FE, N.M.: Environmental group suspect in vandalism of SUVs -News Tribune

Conservationists, Forest Service battle in court over logging issue -The Olympian

September 7, 2003

Interior Dept. to Probe Water Policy -Yahoo News

A Conflict of Values in the Arctic -The battle over oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - by Robert Bidinotto

Award winnerís mill forced to close its doors - Capital Press

Big Darby antagonists striving for balance - Environmentalists, developers discussing future of watershed - The Columbus Dispatch

The Great Crawfish Raid by Vin Suprynowicz, Las Vegas Review Journal

September 5, 2003

Chopper incident has rancher in hot water - He fires his shotgun at a firefighting helicopter's bucket after the USFS 'didn't pay' him for past use - Arizona Republic

Higher flows ease fears over repeat of Klamath salmon kill -Sierra Times

Calls Show Pre-Blackout Utility Confusion -Yahoo News

McMorris announces she'll run for Congress - State representative to step down as House minority leader -Spokesman-Review

Landowner charged in dispute over right to use Kettle River - Man faces charge for allegedly placing tree across waterway -Spokesman-Review

Closer Look: No Simple Pollution Solution - Strategy for improving Columbia River Gorge visibility remains hazy -The Columbian

September 3, 2003

Casino's shift to trust could hit county - Clearwater's request could mean a loss of revenue for Kitsap - Bremerton Sun

Private Property: Monterey Bay National Marine "Sanctuary": Poison Candy? -Freedom 21 Santa Cruz

Methow Valley, WA: Irrigation decision no surprise to some - Methow Valley News

September 2, 2003

Port directors, users promote dredging project - The Columbian

Area utilities oppose BPA increase -Tri-City Herald

Medicare legislation could bring relief to ailing rural hospitals - The Daily News

Why many in state are hungry - High jobless, housing and mobility rates make Washington No. 2 -Seattle P-I

King County Journal to cut jobs and suspend wage increases -Seattle Times

Restoration Suit Stems From Power Crunch - Yakima Herald

September 1, 2003

Kane County UT Uses State Law to Reclaim Roads from national monument by Toni Thayer

Utah Rural Summit 2003: A Roadmap for the Future - commentary by Toni Thayer

Inevitable consequences: The cost of turning green commentary by Henry Lamb, eco-logic

Endangered? Ha! The salmon that never was commentary by Jim Brunner, for eco-logic

No-salvage pledge - Enviro say they'll fight every effort to log burned areas - The Missoulian

Environmental activist fighting misdemeanor charges - Charged with trespassing, assault over ruling on pygmy owl - Tucson Citizen

Appeals court affirms dismissal of Sierra Club lawsuit -Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Ironwood Forest National Monument: Environmentalists call for trail blocking despite provision that existing mining rights, grazing privileges be honored - Tucson Citizen

Clark County, WA - Home businesses chafe under rules - The Columbian

Saving the East Fork: $7 million plan targets redesign of river to restore stability - The Columbian

Bellevue, WA: Economic downturn leads to massive evictions -King 5 News


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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


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