The fist-bumping, back-slapping and ring-kissing (full-page ad, Aug. 17 Statesman, page E12) will no doubt continue through the winter banquet season, fueled by the Idaho conservation lobby and their donors. Congressman Mike Simpson deserves high praise for his unwavering wilderness proposal, which passed with the Johnny-come-lately “blessing” of Sen. Jim Risch.
The unsung hero of the latest Idaho Wilderness used the power of his office to coerce, arm-twist and con Idaho conservatives into supporting yet another wilderness area over the alternative mountain bike national monument.
The Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness may be the final breathtaking jewel in Idaho’s crown. Thank you, President Obama.
Wayne de la Motte, South Fork, Boise River