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I am grateful for the visit last Friday by Congressmen Bishop and Chaffetz. It was great to see such a large and diverse crowd, as well as see the bravery and civility that we can exhibit even when emotions are strong.

Chris Baird’s comments about the need to overlay water maps with potential use maps, as well as linking any legislation to funding for the long overdue water study make good sense. I am skeptical about Chaffetz’s assertion that tar sands and fracking will lead to “energy independence.” Does this mean that not a drop will leave the U.S.? I’d like that in writing please.

I support wilderness and quiet desert landscapes as well as the careful and sustainable use of area resources. I purposely did not don a yellow wilderness badge, nor do I sport a “sagebrush rebel” bumper sticker because I am afraid that, like Dr. Suess’s Sneetches, these merely promote “other-ism,” making us enemies and therefore vulnerable to outside influence and money.

We heard good points by both “sides” and I remain hopeful that compromise and cool heads will prevail. In the end I believe all of us are “Sagebrush Revelers” (“rev’ n. take keen delight.” – Oxford Desk Dictionary).

—Audrey Graham


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