The new neighbors serenade the area at noon and 17:00 every day (10:00 on Sundays) with a pre-recorded carillion tune. Otherwise, they're pretty quiet. This must be November since I think it has rained every day this month.
"I'm always making a comeback, but nobody ever tells me where I've been" - Billy Holliday
A tip of the battered hat to Dagney for this story.
By Tom Kenworthy, USA TODAY Fri May 6, 6:11 AM ET
"The Bush administration on Thursday overturned one of the most significant land conservation measures of the Clinton presidency: a ban on roads, logging and development on 58.5 million acres of national forests. The move could open large pristine areas to industry.
The so-called roadless rule had affected 31% of all national forest land, mostly in Alaska and the West - an area about one-third the size of Texas.
President Clinton had put the far-reaching initiative in place in the final days of his administration. The Bush administration suspended it soon after taking office. Thursday's action was the final step in abandoning it."
I can do no better than to quote her post of Saturday. My view is all around you.
"The raging fires we have had in our forests over the past few years is the direct result of a bureaucratic idiocy. When lightening starts a little fire, the Forest Service puts it out. The Forest Service decides to keep people from collecting "dead and down" wood. Result? Undergrowth piles up, guarenteeing a really threatening fire. As it gets close to population centers, all the right food is there for a monster fire to grow! That was bad enough...to have the Forest Service idiots involved. But then Clinton decided to ban road building, it which insured the fires will get out of hand, because you cannot get to them!"
Mr. Kurtz can tell you in detail what it is like to fight fires grossly exacerbated by decades of practices resulting in lack of access and the deadly buildup of fuel on the forest floor. These fires are monstously expensive, disfiguring and lethal, as anyone knows who has a television. And conservation? More useable wood fiber is lost to disease and fire in "pristine" forest areas that are kept unlogged than the total amount of wood taken commercially in any year.