Lookout doesn’t hurt wilderness

I found myself very frustrated after reading the Viewpoints commentary in Sunday’s paper regarding the lookout on Green Mountain. (“Eroding our wilderness.”) The judge in this case ruled the lookout was repaired/reconstructed illegally. I get it. His ruling may have been right about the law but that doesn’t make the law right in this case.

Preserving wilderness is vital but we must apply some common sense. The lookout was built to help protect the very wilderness it now allegedly spoils. It has stood on that mountain for over 70 years and the wilderness in which it sits is no worse for it. Allowing it to stay will certainly not mean the end of wilderness protection but rather that we found a way to preserve both history and nature for future generations. I applaud Rep. Larsen’s efforts.

Rick Carlson