There is a raucous debate going on the Billings Gazette site today over a letter, titled, “Environmentalists terrorize America.” I hestitate to call attention to such stereotyping (on both sides) but I think the letter and the ensuing discussion is an indication of one of the largest divides in Montana, the West and the country lies and where it is the deepest. Why is it so hard for us to see that we’re all fighting for the same thing? I’ll bet if you asked each one of these commentors why they lived in Montana, they’d all give a similar answer — they’d all be trying protect the same sets of values. But the “us” vs. “them” mentality seems to be too inescapable these days. The labels are just too close at hand and sticky.
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