Considering collaboration

To the Editor:

It was reassuring to have the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, visit Harney County in a time of healing and opening a new path for management of public lands in the West.

However, she missed the point in her announcement that a new approach to management was being initiated, termed “collaboration,” which would improve the process.

In this politically correct era, we’ve been informed that words matter. They can be “hurtful,” “stressful,” and destructive.

I recall that at the end of World War II, citizens of Paris, France, and other European countries dealt harshly with collaborators who aided the Nazis. There had to be more to my understanding of the word.

Webster’s put me straight. A collaborationist was the European culprit while Jewell’s application means to work together to come to a . . .