Dear Editor,

I would like to express my disappointment with aspects of the proposed Scotchman Peaks wilderness open house held at the Hope Elementary School on Wednesday. On the upside Sen. Risch’s staff was approachable and eager to receive feedback from constituents. On the downside it appeared the Friends of the Scotchmans Peak Wilderness, along with the Forest Service and Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce had collaborated to put together the visual presentation which only showed one side to this controversial issue.

The most eye-opening piece of the entire event for me were the statements made by Karen, Sen. Crapo’s aide from Coeur d’Alene. Karen made it clear that my concerns with the washed-out roads near the proposed wilderness don’t matter and were planned that way a long time ago when Sen. Risch was Gov. Risch. She stated that Gov. Risch worked with the Clinton Administration to prep this area for wilderness and there is nothing I could do to change that. Hmm… I thought Bush was President in 2006?

Grace Bauer
Bonner County resident

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