Judge not until you've walked in Bruce's shoes

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2007

I knew former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, as a student at Sheldon Jackson College, where I was chairman of the environmental studies department. He was as honest as they come.

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Over the years, I also worked for Veco, Exxon, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation as well as Greenpeace and the Alaska Health Project.

The white-hot cauldron of environmental politics consumes people regardless of which side of the fence you work. After 16 years, I left Alaska in 1993 rather than be part of the unforgiving, inhumanness too often associated with environmental conflict.

My current home, New Zealand, is a country of peacemakers - a kinder and gentler way of life notwithstanding the fact making peace is far more difficult than waging war. Reconciliation builds bridges into the future, as South Africa taught us. War and punishment beget more of the same.

Judge not until you've walked in their moccasins.

Carl Reller

Wellington, New Zealand

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