To the editor:

Andy Borgeson's letter (Feb. 9) bemoaning the precariousness of rural Utah, at the hands of environmentalists, shows that he has never taken a look at the rest of the country.Appalachia, New England, the South, the Midwest, all of them illustrate the same principle: If rural people do not take stock of what they have that is valuable and learn to sustain it, then they wind up in the poor part of one or another town, with their family farms owned by the German, Japanese, Kuwaiti or other foreign investors.

Wake up, rural Utah. Learn to value your assets, instead of destroying them.

Ivan Weber, vice chair

Sierra Club/Utah Chapter