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Summit County rancher sues Forest Service over fire

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  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    July 19, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    I am 100% with the rancher her. This is a disgrace and I hope the Forest Service resolves this quickly and get this rancher the money they need to rebuild. What a disgrace and embarrassment to the Forest Service.

  • Beaver Native Garland, UT
    July 19, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    It's sad how the government has a double-standard, holding its citizens responsible for wildfire damage citizens cause and not holding the government responsible for damage it causes. Definitely with the rancher on this one.

  • jcobabe Provo, UT
    July 19, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    The government did not start the fire, people did. And people make mistakes and bad decisions sometimes. People are not perfect. Might be something to keep in mind.

    Unfortunate and sad that some lost their property in this incident. I don't care for what I understand about the glacially slow appeals process either. But life is not without risks. Blaming the government doesn't help.

    I agree that the government should make reparations and help repair damages, but I don't believe Forest Service employees are necessarily bad people just because they tend to have accidents from time to time.

  • Shawn S. OGDEN, UT
    July 19, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    Stupid. When you mess up it is a crime. When the government does, it is a honest mistake. duh:)

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    July 20, 2013 2:45 a.m.

    @jcobabe

    "The government did not start the fire, people did. And people make mistakes and bad decisions sometimes. People are not perfect. Might be something to keep in mind."

    Your argument does not possess much. A nice point, but tell that to this rancher. Tell him that THE PEOPLE who dithered with his claim for NINE YEARS, and then DENIED IT were doing a good job.

    Tell this rancher and the local residents the Forest Service' OWN REVIEW came back
    admitting fault and negligence, yet won't responsibility for this, is a sign of good work.

    Tell anyone who owns any kind of property that they are making the Forest Service employees to be "bad people" after they have had their property destroyed which they spent years to build and now have to fight to rebuild.

    This rancher, his attorney, and the local residents there are right to be upset. There are much bigger fish to fry than whether or not Forest Service employees are "bad people."

    If you feel the Forest Service has the right to abuse this rancher in this way, I truly and genuinely feel sorry for you. No one deserves that sort of abuse.