>Death of young Earth First! activist should be investigated, not
>Backing down and cooling off isn't Earth First!'s style. But that's what
>the environmental group needs to do as an inquiry continues into the
>tragic death of 24-year-old David "Gypsy" Chain, the Texan who was
>killed by a falling tree at a Pacific Lumber logging site in Humboldt
>The activists should follow the lead of Chain's mother, who declined to
>comment about the controversy over Humboldt County officials
>investigating her son's death. "I only want to know the truth," said
>Cindy Allsbrooks. "We will have to wait and see what happens."
>Earth First! did no such thing, of course; although backing off initial
>allegations that he logger had intentionally killed Chain., the group's
>members have not even waited to see the results of the local
>investigation before denouncing it.
>And the group refuses to acknowledge the obvious: Earth First! itself
>bear some responsibility for dispatching idealistic, wholly committed
>young people into forests to play "cat and mouse" - Earth First! jargon
>- with crews engaged in a dangerous profession.
>Because the activists are convinced that Pacific Lumber is using illegal
>logging practices - and because their belief in their cause is absolute
>- it is probably naive to think that Earth First! will respond to calls
>for a truce.
>But Chain's death must be investigated, not used as a propaganda tool.
>An independent probe ultimately amy be justified. But the next step is
>for the local authorities to gather information, turn it over to
>Humboldt County District Attorney Terry Farmer, who then will make his
>own review.
>Not until then can anyone know what, if any, additional steps should be
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