Maybe a better headline for “How federalism is making a difference on Western lands” (Web, Aug. 19) would be, “Federalism saves the environment, food supply, human health and endangered species, and arrests climate change.” This is yet another example of regenerative agriculture. These ranchers are just following the Allen Savory/Joel Salatin approach to land and ruminant animal management to maximize return and preserve land and water resources, not to mention animal and plant species and required habitats. For those obsessed with climate change, these western ranchers, as well as the White Mountain Apaches, have preserved and increased a natural carbon sink.
As we emerge from a weekend defined by two horrendous mass shootings, I listen to the commentators trying to explain "why." I think the best overarching answer was provided by our second president, John Adams, in 1798: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."