Endangered species listing needs regulation

CNJ staff The proposed removal from the endangered species list of the rodent formerly known as the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse is obviously something to cheer. But it likely won’t happen without a protracted battle against those who are exploiting the Endangered Species Act to dictate land use decisions everywhere in the country. More than […]

Common senses key in invasive species discussion

Freedom Newspapers A recently announced federal effort to eradicate so-called invasive species, if not taken to absurd lengths, is probably a good thing. But a lot of things are taken to absurd lengths in America, so we worry. There’s no question that exotic, non-native plants and animals have huge potential for remaking the landscape, frequently […]

Spotted owl craze based on flawed, biased science

Freedom Editorial Ten years ago, an allegedly declining number of northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest was used by environmentalists and the Clinton administration to virtually shut down the cutting of so-called old growth forests on public lands across the region. The policy, not surprisingly, has been catastrophic for the area’s economy and turned […]

Endangered Species Act needs overhaul

What’s the difference between a ferruginous pygmy owl living in Arizona and a ferruginous pygmy owl living just across the border in Sonora, Mexico? And no, south-of-the-border birds do not wear tiny sombreros. If you answered, “nothing,” you’ve just shown more common sense than the geniuses in Washington who wrote and passed the Endangered Species […]