Opin­ions & Editorial Hands Across State Lines I’m Con­flicted—are You?

Catron Courier - - Pie Festival Special Section - By Fred and Sue Rauschu­ber by Dennis In­man

Re­cently my hus­band and I were in route to the Grand Canyon when we had a flat tire on Hwy 60, 3 miles from the Ari­zona border. We got out a key that fits on an an­titheft lug nut. This lug nut had been stripped, ap­par­ently when the tires had been ro­tated. We are as­sum­ing that an im­pact wrench had been used too tightly. With no cell phone ser­vice, we were un­able to call AAA. We were de­lighted when two kind men, Jerry and Joe, stopped on their mo­tor­cy­cles to as­sist us, but to no avail. They took all of the AAA in­for­ma­tion and as­sured us that they would not aban­don us as they left for Springerville. While they were gone an air con­di­tion­ing man with his son and an em­ployee stopped to see if they could help. They had phone re­cep­tion so they al­lowed us to call AAA to ver­ify that help was on the way. The re­sponse was that the ser­vice­man had to come from NM not Ari­zona. Fi­nally, when he ar­rived, he tried to take the tire off but with no air tools he could not help.

Af­ter three other cars with kind peo­ple of­fer­ing to help, Joe and Jerry re­turned. As my hus­band loaded all our lug­gage and golf clubs back into the trunk, a rat­tlesnake was un­der­neath a pack of diet cokes. We are very thank­ful that the snake did not strike. Jerry and Joe then trans­ported my hus­band to Springerville to ob­tain Alan with a wrecker ser­vice to haul our car to a tire com­pany. Alan not only trans­ported the car, but took us to mo­tel #1 which had no va­can­cies then to mo­tel #2. He made sure that we had ac­com­mo­da­tions and helped us un­load our lug­gage. At the mo­tel, Cheyenne was very pleas­ant and as­sisted us to our room, mak­ing cer­tain that we were go­ing to be com­fort­able. The next morn­ing, Jerry called to make sure that we had a ride to the tire store. Geral­dine, an em­ployee of the mo­tel, had vol­un­teered to take us in her per­sonal car. Af­ter a tire re­place­ment, we con­tin­ued to the Grand Canyon. It was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence. On our re­turn, we knew where we wanted to have din­ner and to spend the night… Springerville! What a great com­mu­nity of su­per kind, car­ing and con­sid­er­ate folks. We will def­i­nitely “pass it for­ward.” Our many thanks to every­one we en­coun­tered. God bless all of you.

(ED. Some­times it takes more than a sin­gle vil­lage when folks are stranded near state lines.)

I like to think that I am en­vi­ron­men­tally con­science and do my part to help pro­tect our re­sources and wildlife. How­ever, I also en­joy elec­tric­ity, hy­dro­car­bon fu­els, au­to­mo­biles, mod­ern ap­pli­ances and all the ameni­ties we have ac­cess to. So how do I rec­on­cile want­ing to save re­sources and us­ing them at the same time?

I know a lot of en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist thinks that mankind is the scourge of the earth and that is what is putting our nat­u­ral re­sources at risk. They also be­lieve that we need to lock up those re­sources and elim­i­nate or se­verely limit the num­ber of peo­ple on this earth. I think those peo­ple need to re­move them­selves from the gene pool.

Part of the an­swer to pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and reap­ing the ben­e­fits that it has to of­fer is sus­tain­able use, lim­ited growth, think green and smart growth. So how do we do that in this glob­al­ist driven world, when money is the driv­ing force? It seems that pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment or us­ing re­sources is ei­ther all or noth­ing. The ex­trem­ist on both sides get all the press. Is there a bal­ance point that can make both sides less ve­he­ment?

I guess rea­son­able peo­ple from both camps could come to­gether with rea­son­able so­lu­tions. How­ever, it seems that the def­i­ni­tion of rea­son­able can­not be de­fined in the same terms. My rea­son­able so­lu­tion is more rea­son­able than yours.

Stale­mate!

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