I read with interest David Rauzi’s op-ed, and Brett Haverstick’s accompanying commentary, in the April 12 edition of the Free Press. I agree with Rauzi that our county has grown far too accustomed to the “fix” of federal SRS dollars. Ironically, we had a golden opportunity to wean ourselves off of these handouts via the Lochsa Land Exchange, but shamefully chose, in the words of Samuel Adams, “...The tranquility of servitude rather than freedom.”
With regard to Haverstick, he and his ilk advocate radical environmental policies that are anathema to the multiple use concept of our national forests. I would go so far as to say that their vision is a threat to liberty itself.
My quote from Adams was taken from a speech he gave before the Philadelphia State House in 1776 during our contest with Great Britain. He ended it with this admonishment to his fellow citizens: “...Go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” His words are as pertinent now as they were then.