By Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado
The results of amazing meetings held through the guts of the yank West on the collage of Colorado, A Society to compare the surroundings is a various number of essays at the way forward for the yankee West from a few of the region’s so much proficient writers, activists, politicians, attorneys, poets, reporters, environmentalists, and historians. occasionally in contract, occasionally in competition, those considerate and artistic voices support us to determine the West in all its complicated variety and remind us that this decade is one during which possibilities might be learned for a brand new and higher Western adventure. individuals to this quantity comprise Wallace Stegner, William Kittredge, Bruce Babbitt, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Terry Tempest Williams, Charles F. Wilkinson, Edward Dorn, and Walter Echo-Hawk, between many others.
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The issue of resource limits and public policy dominates the symposia discussions, as it does public exchange throughout the West. Adrian Bustamante uses the controversy over the federal government's Waste Page 6 Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in New Mexico as an example of the hard choices the West faces and the bitter social divisions forced on us by limits. In New Mexico, he notes, people in Santa Fe and Albuquerque have voiced strong opposition to the plan to store low-level nuclear waste in the southern part of the state.
Three Hundred pound Choir Boys with eyes like strawberry-coconut donuts. Crawling to Little America in Cheyenne. Twenty-six degrees below Count Fahrenheit. The transmission from Gillette fallen silent. Cut off by the authorities no doubt. Somebody asks how interesting can a town afford to be? The soft, reasonable talk of Denver supplants the airwaves, the jittery compromise of the city crowds out the spontaneous stix. A yellow ivory ball of pollution hangs above Cheyenne's fibreglass air. The Santa Claus-bright Gettysaurus Reks Refinery is strewn along our approach, blowing not so symbolic mushrooms, MX Missile Burgers, the biggest meat in Strip Town.
Low do we preserve the character of communities as they vie for badly needed "development bucks"? How, in the face of movements like the call for English as the official language, do we make a persuasive case for the positive value of the region's ethnic diversity? What mistakes, in the very useful question Barbara Sudler raises, are we making that our grandchildren will judge us for, in the same way that we are judging our grandparents? Can we, in the late twentieth century, become genuine settlers, and not unsettlers, of this region?
A Society to Match the Scenery: Personal Visions of the Future of the American West by Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado