Well, not exactly:
Lawmakers look to preserve SW.Va.’s scenic wildernessLook, I'm no conspiracy theorist (except for Elvis's fake demise; more on that another time) but I read crap like this, and I witness factory closing after factory closing, and read the demographic data pouring in that shows rapid depopulation, especially of our best and brightest, seeing nothing being done to reverse the trend, and I have to wonder if there isn't some grand scheme that's been cooked up in some smoke-filled - or smoke-free - room to simply make Southwest Virginia a stopover picnic area for Boucher's (and now Warner's and Webb's) rich and powerful buddies up in D.C. on their semi-annual travels to West Boca. Don't like it? There's a U-haul with your name on it, pal.
By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLAND, Va. — Legislation introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate would protect and expand national scenic and wilderness areas in Southwest Virginia.
The Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007, co-authored by U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., U.S. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., would create new national Wilderness Areas, new National Scenic Areas, and would expand six existing Wilderness Areas in portions of Bland, Giles, Smyth, Craig, Grayson, Lee and Montgomery counties within the Jefferson National Forest.
“Southwest Virginia possesses the state’s best outdoor experience, with the highest mountains, most interesting rivers and superb hunting, camping, fishing, hiking and backpacking opportunities,” Boucher said in a news release. “If enacted, the legislation which Sen. Warner and I are introducing would not only designate nearly 55,000 acres of the Jefferson National Forest as Wilderness or National Scenic Areas, thereby protecting their pristine quality, but also would enhance the tourism economy of the region by enticing travelers to visit and enjoy the protected and untouched landscape which Southwest Virginia has to offer. I greatly appreciate Senator Warner’s continued leadership on this legislation, and I am pleased and welcome Sen. Jim Webb to our effort.” (link)
How many years have we been hearing this bullshit about "enticing travelers to visit and enjoy the protected and untouched landscape which Southwest Virginia has to offer?" How many more wilderness areas are we willing to accommodate before we ask for a reckoning?
At some point we must demand to meet this tourist these guys keep telling us about.
From Webb's office, a press release: “I am pleased to co-sponsor this bill with Sen. Warner and Congressman Boucher. We are fully committed to preserving Virginia’s land and waterways — some of the finest this country has to offer.”
Our political leadership - committed to preserving land and water. The thousand Volvo workers who were just laid off over in Dublin will take solace in that thought.