"Environmentalists are often deceptive" (Dave Fremming's July 27, 2004, letter to the editor in the Empire), and that's putting it mildly.
It pleased me to see someone else with the same thoughts that I have in regard to the wheels of progress. Dave said everything that had been on my mind, things that I did not know how to express. He had all the words to make all the good points. It has always been my feeling that these educated environmentalists have been more of a hindrance than a help, but they don't seem to realize it.
There have been many incidents in the past that have been more destructive than helpful, such as an incident in the Sitka area. It was an extreme winter with an unbelievable amount of snow. We all knew it would be hard on the deer population because of lack of food. So, here come the educated Ph.D. geniuses to the rescue. They placed bales of hay with easy access for the deer population along the beaches below the snow line. The deer ate the hay; the hay killed the deer. If the environmentalists had listened to some uneducated old-timers, they would have known to cut down evergreen trees and branches to use as feed. This is what the deer use to survive on during the winter.
There are many other cases I could write about, but I will use this opportunity to expand on Dave's statements he made regarding environmentalists. Look at how long the Kensington mine has been attempting to start up again.
I have to agree with an old educated friend of mine who told me the meaning of Ph.D. He said it was very simple, it stands for "Post Hole Diggers."
I feel like I am about the oldest old-timer in Juneau right now. I arrived here in 1921 without a nickel, or even a pocket to put it into if I had one. I wonder what those environmentalists would have done back in those good old days. Juneau streets were not paved; they were all boardwalks, and had horse-drawn delivery wagons and carriages. The "exhaust fumes" from the carriages were very noticeable, and you had to be careful where you stepped to cross the street.
I want to thank Dave for his very impressive letter in regard to our environmentalist problem.