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  •  Despite being signed into law by Gerald Ford (3+ / 0-)
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    Agathena, DSPS owl, LilithGardener

    I think MOST Republicans hate the wilderness designation and one way to kill it is to build a road right through it.

    "Emergencies only", first of all, is beside the point. It's a road. Even if it's never used the damage is done.

    Secondly, if you really believe it will be used for emergencies only, I have a car to sell you. Runs great.

    To me this reeks of a bullshit emotional plea to accomplish a nefarious end: bisecting designated wilderness.

    And....then.... call it 'a precedent' and build emergency roads through all manner of wilderness.

    They certainly want to end the wilderness designation on Cumberland Island. Too nice a place not to be a private sanctuary for society's betters,

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:17:35 PM PST

    •  There's more to this story than emergency (7+ / 0-)

      medical services. The spin we are getting is that an isolated Native American village is left unprotected and deprived because of a lack of a road. A closer look shows a thriving mixed community, 42% Native American. King Cove had a population increase of 19% in 10 years and they are fairly well-educated with 74% of adults having high school or higher education. Median household income $45,000.

      The state gave them a hovercraft and a new clinic but it has no doctor. Surely it would be easier to get two doctors to work there than to build a road along the coastal area of a wilderness preserve. If the medical emergency were the only reason.

      To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:38:38 PM PST

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