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Look outside, see true legacy of Cecil Andrus

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I respect Shelly Dumas’s admiration of Cecil Andrus [Letter to the Editor, Sept. 6 issue]. I personally did not know him. From what I read about him and have gleaned from recent writings, it would appear that Mr. Andrus was a man of upright character and battled for the things he believed in.

No one can question the commitment to his brilliant career. I’ll concede the point. He was a brilliant politician. I would even credit Mr. Andrus with extraordinary leadership skills, but where did his governing ideology lead Idaho?

Look outside and one can see the true legacy of Cecil Andrus: cease roads, cease mining, cease logging, cease working.

Our once thriving communities are shells of what they used to be. Timber burns to the ground, smoke hangs thick in the air, and our water and air are polluted with out of control wildfires. Our once beautiful landscapes, wildlife and economies lie in heaps of ashes because men like Andrus thought man had no place in nature. No sense of responsibility to utilize these renewable resources while also protecting them for future generations. No vision for the sustainability of our public lands and the communities that call them home.

Just how as Idaho been advancing from all this politics, of decency, diplomacy, and decisions, that benefit all?

Jim Chmelik



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