It is extremely easy to criticize a project when you come late to the party and are unencumbered by facts.
Can you tell the Albuquerque Journal is a conservative business booster? That single sentence is viciously insulting to the caring people who oppose developing the bosque, who oppose deviating from preservation into exploitation. But the Urinal, as Jas. Mullany calls it, sells advertising and would love to sell a spread to the good merchants of the New And Improved Bosque-land, now with 20% more fun, coupon attached. But, wait, the scurrilous insults continue…
Evaluation is needed. Politically motivated NIMBY-ism is not. Albuquerque is bisected by an amazing natural resource that is currently most enjoyed by homeless squatters, drug addicts and juvenile delinquents. Law-abiding, nature-loving residents and visitors should also get to enjoy it. And they must protect it.
That’s right: the bosque isn’t “enjoyed” by tax-paying citizens or mega-corps, by decent neighbors, by Aldo Leopold or Dave Parsons or V.B. Price. The bosque isn’t “enjoyed” by free-loading wildlife — coyotes, porcupines, myriad birds. Because it lacks amenities you must pay for, it is “most enjoyed by” [insert any group you fear or disdain — liberals, for example]. We are law-abiding, nature-loving residents who also get to enjoy it. [See A Walk in Albuquerque’s Bosque » mjh’s blog.] And we will protect it, especially from the scoundrels at the Journal. [spit on the ground] peace, mjh