Eric Eliason’s commentary in the Salt Lake Tribune (Sept. 2) should resonate with voters in the 1st Congressional District who value clean air, productive forests and access to public lands for outdoor recreation. Instead of toeing a party line or being beholden to corporate donors, Eliason recognizes the mirage Congress employs around election time with “message legislation” designed to show the illusion of productivity.

If you value air you can breathe without harm to your health and forests that are productive for the resources they offer (recreation, timber, water, minerals), support Eliason. As for his opponent, Rob Bishop, I will heed my late mother's advice.

Richard Wiedeman, Hyde Park