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  •  Mr. Thompson, thanks for your old-fashioned guts! (5+ / 0-)

    Because that's what it takes to stand up to something like this.

    I don't know Nebraska well, but love what I've seen as a visitor.  Some of the most vivid memories of my adult life come from Nebraska:

    Driving through the heart of the Sandhills, through mile after endless mile of sunflowers beneath a sky so big it defies belief;

    Drifting down the Niobrara, waiting to see the waterfalls waiting around the next bend, where cactus and buffalo share space with huge oaks and paper birch trees that wouldn't be out of place in Manitoba;

    Seeing Pine Ridge crouched like a thundercloud above the badlands of Sioux County, with 90-foot ponderosa pines standing guard over puckered, wrinkled earth that would be doing well to yield a single weed.

    I can't speak from the same deep knowledge of the place you possess, but it looks like a land worth fighting for, and I'm grateful to you for taking this stand on behalf of land worth fighting for the very best of reasons.  

    As a fellow Midwesterner, I salute you and your colleagues for this courageous battle, and for this unexpected, but amazing sucess.

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