The author's despair over government management of our national forests and his assertion that private ownership will save our environment from political whim seems disingenuous. Certainly our democracy is clumsy and unwieldly at times. But the solution is greater participation by a better informed mass of citizens. Decisionmaking by the economic elite of large landholders and corporate merchants is no different from tyranny we fought against two centuries ago. Nancy Wygent, Philadelphia
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