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karma: pick up garbage
Today we find ourselves embellished with an epidemic abyss
of trashmania run rampant across this place we call our hometown
of Durango. Eeeks!! Has any one noticed the massive amounts
of the people’s expression of appreciation towards our
streets, parks, county surroundings and centers of daily operation?
TRASH!!! Everywhere and in constant obviousness all around.
And because the continuing anomalous weather scatters it from
one end of town to the other, it’s hard to catch up with
We have seen and allowed trash to sit in a place for sometimes
days to weeks just as an experiment. That led to becoming conscious
today of a great way for those of us with less than perfect
backgrounds to address this growing problem and do something
As the spirit I am walks in the body each day, the I am that
I am is in karmic debt, or karmic credit. I choose to move all
my spiritual energy from the place of karmic credit only! When
I bend to pick up garbage, in essence, and in conjunction, I,
the spirit I am, as well as the body in which I am, bows or
bends down in humbleness and says we are sorry for all past
transgressions. By this physical/spiritual mechanical process,
it places a credit into my karmic bank account. And through
this process, I may redeem any karmic debts I may or may not
have. Bliss comes from the law of balance and credits toward
my soul’s growth.
What if we all started on a campaign of picking up the trash
in Durango-ville, as well as all around the county, enjoyed
the new beauty, and reaped the rewards of the positivity that
comes from our actions?
Sort of like, “lay up your treasures in heaven.”
Maybe good changes for our world can begin within first.
– Jay Lightbearer,
’Tis the Season: Weathered
elk trophies grace the side of a barn in
Montezuma County./ Photo by Todd Newcomer.
In appreciation of Scott Mason
(Editors’ note: The following is a brief reply to
a letter in last week’s Telegraph. Scott Mason had written
with comments on all of the letters in the prior week’s
Dear Scott Mason,
Thank you for moving back to California.
– One who considers Durango home,
Healthy forests and wilderness
(Editors’ note: The following letter was sent from
the Wilderness Society to Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo.)
Dear Congressman McInnis,
We were surprised and dismayed to read in a recent letter you
sent to a local official in Colorado that you continue to misconstrue
the Wilderness Society’s position on wildfire policy and
the Western Governors’ Association’s 10-year Comprehensive
Wildfire Strategy in an attempt to justify your wildfire legislation
of HR 1904. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the
position of the Wilderness Society concerning wildfire policy
has been misconstrued, and we are writing to clarify and correct
these mischaracterizations and urge you to refrain from repeating
this misinformation in the future.
Specifically, in an April 30, 2003, press release, you suggested
that the Wilderness Society’s support for the Western
Governors’ Association’s 10-year Comprehensive Wildlife
Strategy should translate into support for your legislation:
“The bill codifies the bipartisan WGA 10-Year Strategy’s
robust public input and participation requirements, ensuring
that interested persons will have numerous opportunities to
engage decision-makers during all phases of a project’s
development and implementation. The WGA strategy was endorsed
by numerous government and nongovernment organizations, including
leading environmental groups like the Wilderness Society.’’
This claim has been repeated elsewhere (e.g., an April 30,
2003, Grand Junction Sentinel article) and most recently in
a letter dated July 3, 2003, from you to local elected officials
in Colorado, in which you continue to claim that your bill codifies
the WGA 10-year plan and imply that the Wilderness Society’s
help in crafting the strategy and supporting it translates into
our support for your legislation: ‘’By codifying
the WGA Strategy, the Healthy Forests Restoration Act gives
that priority plan the force of federal law ... Obviously, even
the Wilderness Society agrees that the WGA Comprehensive Strategy
Implementation Plan has a rigorous focus on protecting communities
This misuse of the facts is irresponsible and cannot go unchallenged.
The Wilderness Society’s Dr. Greg Aplet was honored to
participate last year in the development of the WGA’s
10-year Strategy, and the Wilderness Society strongly supports
the WGA’s approach. This strategy is based on the three
principles of: prioritizing the protection of communities and
watersheds; collaboration among governments and stakeholders;
and accountability through performance measures and monitoring
– all to be accomplished without altering the responsibilities
or statutory authorities of participating federal and state
agencies. “Because your bill changes statutory authorities,
it can in no way be said to codify the WGA’s approach.
Indeed, the very premise of your bill is to dismantle existing
environmental processes and to limit public participation and
In addition, while your bill says that it prioritizes protection
of communities, it also facilitates numerous other fuel-reduction
projects located far from communities, and so in the end, fails
to truly prioritize community protection. Further, 85 percent
of the lands at risk in the wildland-urban interface are under
state and private ownership, not on National Forest lands, which
are the focus of your bill. Legislation that, in contrast to
the WGA approach, focuses solely on national forest lands, cannot
be said to truly focus on protecting communities. For all of
these reasons, the Wilderness Society strongly opposes your
legislation – in large part for its failure to live up
to the very principles of the WGA Strategy!
It is therefore inaccurate and irresponsible to continue to
claim that your bill implements the WGA strategy or to imply
that the Wilderness Society, by association, supports your legislation.
These claims are patently untrue.
Your defense of HR 1904 should turn on the merits of the bill
itself and not on mischaracterizations of the Wilderness Society
or the Western Governor Association’s positions, and we
thus urge you to refrain from repeating these inaccuracies.