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Speak ill of John Muir? Brace for a backlash
Speak ill of John Muir? Brace for a backlash

Readers of The Times' print newspaper may recall the handful of letters published Saturday defending John Muir after an earlier article had quoted academics and environmentalists questioning the sainted conservationist's continued relevance. Published alongside those letters was a blurb noting that all 36 of the letters received on the topic up until Friday rose to Muir's defense. Nearly all of the readers took issue specifically with comments by Jon Christensen, a historian at UCLA's Institute of Environment and Sustainability, who was quoted as saying, among other things, that "Muir's legacy has to go" and that "it's just not useful...

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