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To the editor: I found David Wolf's characterization in the Daily Sun of environmentalists and "animal-rights" groups as "emotional propagandists" ("Wolves Much Ado About Money") to be offensive and so reeking of conservative rhetoric on the subject of de-listing/re-listing of wolves in the west that it might as well have been lifted from the website of the Western Legacy Alliance.

Mr. Wolf takes the cynical view that the sole use of the Equal Access to Justice Act by environmental groups is to get as much money as possible -- of course, it's all about the money with these animal-rights people -- and that one of the top, secret, goals of these groups is to "eliminate hunting by the human predator."

The truth of the matter is wolf re-listing groups who file lawsuits through the power of the EAJA, and are thereby compensated via the rules of the Act, do so for serious reasons. The lobbying influence of a powerful entity such as the Western Legacy Alliance, an anti-wolf-reintroduction organization, isn't to be underestimated. The role of the EAJA in this case is to counter overzealous government action influenced by a powerful constituency that WLA represents.

If reform of the EAJA is the goal, then say it. We can do without the conservative anti-environmentalist rhetoric.

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RICH RUMMEL

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