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Sheriff, feds: Rancher must be held accountable

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  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    July 5, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    I am not arguing that avoiding a fire fight was a bad idea. But eventually Mr. Bundy and his friends must be brought to heel.

    The property they occupy belongs to the taxpayers. Mr. Bundy has not paid grazing fees (as I understand it) for some 20 years. Whatever the specifics, he must abide by the rules and pay the appropriate fees. Otherwise, the taxpayers are subsidizing his cattle operation while others pay the full freight.

    If he wants to fight, there are the courts or he can take his case to the people for legislative changes. But bringing an armed militia to forestall action by the taxpayers' representatives does not make him a hero - it makes him lawless.

    Armed insurrection should be squashed.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    July 5, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    Tim DeChristopher went to prison because he broke a law to make a point.

    Cliven Bundy also broke a law, several, and he should serve time. Based on his proclamations about race, spending time in prison might be the best thing to happen to Cliven. Normally I don't advocate for color TVs in prison, in this case I think it would help. High quality educational programs certainly would help.

    Hopefully

  • use the noodle Casa Grande, AZ
    July 5, 2014 9:59 p.m.

    "We're nation of laws!" they always say. Until they don't like one of the laws.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 5, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    Rancher Must be held accounable

    “But she disputed Gillespie's contention that the agency mishandled a roundup of Bundy's cattle 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.”

    Of course she disputed Sheriff Gillespie’s ridiculous claim. That’s because his claim is completely false.

    Gillespie is politicking. After all, if he wants to be elected again in this “Conservative” county, then he better toe the “Conservative” line. And the anti-Government, anti-American “Conservative” line says that the Federal government is at fault for just about everything . . . Especially for the misbehavior of “Conservatives.”

  • BoringGuy Holladay, UT
    July 5, 2014 10:25 p.m.

    Bundy needs to be arrested and charged.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    In other countries Law Enforcement would not be as mellow and kind in that situation.

    However; follow up and responsibility must take place. You can not try to intimidate police by aiming guns at them. It is totally unacceptable.

    There are videos of people using this tactic and they should be punished.

  • lib1 Provo, UT
    July 6, 2014 2:06 a.m.

    Who exactly are these BLM officials weighing in on what should happen to Bundy? I visited the website and couldn't find any names of any officials. Unelected, unknown, and unaccountable, they control an area larger that the United Kingdom and can dispatch snipers and military-grade tactical vehicles with a stroke of a pen.

    This is what bothers me--sure, Bundy should pay grazing fees like everyone else--but to enforce them, they should have just filed a civil suit or imposed a lien. But as happens far too often, they wanted to roll up on him like SEAL team 6.

    More frequently, the message I hear from Washington insiders and bureaucrats is that it is their country--we the people just live in it.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 6, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    Amazing how the word "accountable" is thrown around.

    How about the word accountable for the feds:

    * seventeen trillion dollar debt
    * politicians spending hundreds of millions per year for lavish conferences, and vacations.
    * selling and giving away billions of dollars worth of military weapons to other countries.
    * the feds releasing five Hitler type terrorists, and over thirty five thousand convicted prisoners from American prisons.
    * Etc.

    Then some are upset by a farmer not paying land fees? Crazy!

    Make the feds accountable!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    make Clive accountable, but at the same time? Make Harry Reid accountable too for this land grab!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 8, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    Our political leaders have turned Americans against Americans with:

    * Bundy
    * Racism
    * Poor vs Wealthy--income gap
    * Unequal pay of women compared to men.
    * Gay marriage
    * Gun owners vs no-gun owners
    * Etc

    Can the people of America stand on it's two feet, and say "enough is enough"?