A fundamental question is "Who owns the plants and animals of our nation?"
Is it the state they exist in, because at one point in time someone drew
some arbitrary lines through the landscape and called it Nebraska? No.
Politicians should have no right to destroy rare species and ecosystems.
There would be no Devils Hole pupfish today were it not for the ESA and the
federal government. Had it been left to the Arizona state government to
determine what was best for Arizona, that fish would now be extinct.
100 years ago, people like Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir worked to set
aside important national areas as National Parks to be preserved for all
citizens of the country. I believe we need a national perspective towards
species and species diversity. One day future earth citizens will mark the
day the ESA was signed as a significant landmark in the awakening of the
consciousness of the human race.
-- Jay DeLong Olympia, WA
> -----Original Message----- > From: owner-nanfa_at_aquaria.net On Behalf > Of R. W. Wolff > Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2000 12:01 PM > To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net > Subject: Re: NANFA-- not a chick flick... > > > No offense Jay, but would you prefer a radical veiwpoint of the other > extreme, like vice-president Al Gore? I believe if George W. Bush were > elected, he would let state agencies handle environmental issues, as it > should be. I don't think that it is the Presidents place to > dictate ( pun > intended) what all agencies should do, especially those at State levels. > Whats good for Virginia isn't neccasarily good for Wisconsin, and > whats good > for Wisconsin isn't necassarily good for Washington. Let's say > for the sake > of arguement that the new President was from the great lakes area. His > veiws on Salmon would reflect ( in most cases) what salmon are here, sport > fish and alewife control. Would you want this guy telling > Washington state > whats good for its salmon? The reliance of Federal government to take > care of state issues is a hot topic now, for reasons that are easily read > about in publications. I have not heard what Bill Bradley or John McCains > veiws on this subject are, but have heard Bill Bradleys are in > line with Al Gores. > Ray
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