We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Remington and Russell chronicled the dignity of original inhabitants and gritty, natural character of the unspoiled West and white invading people, newly belonging to the American West and resourceful; Bierstadt stroked western grandeur and godliness onto canvas, interpreting a manifest goodness and golden-lit destiny of the unsettled continent from before. Both good, contradictory, in conflict, and true.
I think everybody hates to see fine natural areas turn into population centers. But--and it's happening here in my range too--who's to say who gets to live amongst natural beauty and who doesn't ? There's folks around here, newbies from Houston & Dallas, who just go purple over the hill country development. As if they themselves aren't part of it. It just ain't fittin' to complain, really. Folks gotta live, and they oughtta be able to live where they want, if they can. But it is a shame it ain't 1898 again. Lordy what a trip thru the West must've been then.