The New York Times has posted an op-ed piece on its Web site that begins this way: "As Republicans prepare to begin a second term in control of Congress, a deep skepticism exists in the electorate about the party’s commitment to protecting the environment. Polls indicate that the environment is the voters’ No. 1 concern about continued Republican leadership of Congress. It continues, "Have Republicans abandoned their roots as the party of Theodore Roosevelt, who maintained that government’s most important task, with the exception of national security, is to leave posterity a land in better condition than they received it? "The answer must be no. But if we are to restore the people’s trust and retain the privilege of serving as the majority party, we better start proving it." Enough coyness. The piece was written by John McCain, and it was originally published on Nov. 22, 1996. Full text HERE.