Wilderness expansion a true win-win issue

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We often hear politicians and business leaders talk about “win-win” situations to describe solutions that benefit all the parties involved. Even so, we don’t see this cliché put into practice very much in Washington. Extreme partisanship leaves little room for compromise...

...We hope that when this dispute is ended, lawmakers in Washington will turn their attention to other worthy issues. One such matter is a bill sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander to designate additional acreage in the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness areas. Specifically, the Tennessee Republican wants to extend the protected acreage of the Sampson Mountain Wilderness Area in Washington and Unicoi Counties by 2,922 acres, as well as the Big Laurel Branch preserve in Carter and Johnson Counties by 4,446 acres.