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Summer has come to Alaska and with it the annual flood of Outside writers and reporters to pontificate on what is wrong with the 49th state or probe its weighty environmental issues.
Peering through the looking glass, most seem to have simple answers: Change nothing. Stand still in time. Ignore economic realities.
Here is author William deBuys who lives in what he calls “the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains” north of Santa Fe writing in the New York Times last week: