Thank you for an important perspective on Utah's Federal land grab
aspirations. Governor Herbert and other state 'leaders'
profess to want science and technology-based economic development and yet are
actively anti-science when it comes to environmental and societal issues and
concerns. They care about dollars but not about people or their environment. Most are 'hard-wired' developers who don't want to hear
about limits, constraints, pollution, congestion, etc. Scientists
need to speak out. Thank you for doing so.
The author mentions the cost of managing out public lands but completely omits
the income that is generated currently on the lands. The whole story distorts
Excellent perspective. I'm less than impressed with the DesNews editors,
however. To leave two obvious misspelled words in an editorial shows lax
editorial standards. Did anyone even proofread this?
We are America first and individual states second. It's federal land. I
have confidence that federal policies will preserve the land for the many,
whereas state policies would allow the few to pillage.Excellent
Science? What's that?
To "Steve C. Warren" unfortunately the Federal government's
policies do more damage than good. For example, the federal regulations
regarding controlled burns and logging have turned once healthy forests into old
growth tinderboxes. Once fires start there they go out of control quickly as a
direct result of federal management.So far Utah does not want to do
anything that is much different than what the federal government is already
doing.The big thing that liberals need to ask is this. Which is
more important to them, kids or squirrels? By allowing utah to control the
lands, we can keep more of the royalties in Utah and fund our schools. If the
Feds retain control, we are losing money to the federal government.
I urge all Utahns to look at how the State of Utah has managed the land it was
given when the parcels were drawn out and allocated at statehood. These are the
original School Trust Lands, set aside for children's education.The answer is that half of that land is long gone, no longer owned by the
State, no longer benefitting the children for whom it was allocated. Somebody
made a quick buck, and it appears their descendants would like a similar
opportunity.Look at how quickly Governor Huntsman's commission
who determined the prison wasn't worth moving became swept aside as the
realtors in the Legislature decided it's well worth the $600 Million it
would cost to relocate the prison so they can have access to the 1 square mile
of land in Draper? Fox...henhouse... you've heard the phrase before,
right?If you somehow trust the politicians in Utah to smartly manage
the land in Utah now owned by all Americans for our children, I've got some
incredibly beachfront property in Tooele that you'll find irresistible.
Thanks Stephen. Excellent well written and informative article. Thanks to the
News for printing it.