For Whales, LaDuke's a Hazard
During a weekend campaign swing through the Northwest, Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader outlined his views on a number of environmental issues. He called for a total ban on logging in national forests, for an end to federal land swaps, which he says usually benefit private interests rather than the public, and for the breaching of four dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state to help restore salmon populations. He also said that he agreed with his running mate, Winona LaDuke, that the Makah tribe in northwest Washington should be allowed to continue its controversial whale hunt because the U.S. should honor Native American treaty rights. In addition to holding sold-out events in Seattle, Nader attracted more than 10,000 campaign supporters who paid $7 each to attend a Portland rally.