In the case of Blair Mountain, West Virginia's request for federal government resource protections are twofold: to protect the ecology of the mountain and to protect an integral part of the history of middle class gains against the brutal mining policies of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Maine is discovering it still has what the world wants: clean water, open space and endless vistas. Enjoyment of Maine's great outdoors is just as much a part of our heritage as logging, and offers an attractive way to diversify the economy for all residents of our great state.
Of course "states rights" is the code word for extreme conservatism and has nothing to do with Roxanne Quimby's proposed gift of 70,000 acres of private property plus $40 million to create and maintain a national park.
Philanthropist Roxanne Quimby wants to donate 70,000 acres of wilderness to create a new national park in Maine. So why are Republicans in the state's legislature -- and Maine's governor and U.S. senators -- opposed to it?