THE WESTERNER sez:
Praise to Steve for another fine column, but I think he’s too gentle with Ron Colburn.
Let’s not forget Colburn has endorsed Bingaman’s bill to designate as Wilderness 242,000 acres on or near our border with Mexico. At the behest of the wilderness advocates, he even came to Las Cruces to discuss the issue. Let’s also remember as recently as May of this year Colburn came out in opposition to H.R. 1505 which would give the Border Patrol unfettered access to federal lands up to 100 miles from the border.
I’ve never met Colburn, haven’t read his piece in the book, but based on his public statements and actions, there are only three conclusions one could reach about him:
1. He is so starry-eyed over his "leadership" role in negotiating the 1996 MOU he fails to see its many inadequacies, or
2. He is ignorant of the prohibited acts section of the Wilderness Act and of the fact you cannot amend a statute by administrative action such as an MOU, or
3. He has bought into the environmental agenda and is happy to do their bidding.
You take your pick, but none of them are attractive.