The Constitution is clear what property Washington can own: "To exercise
exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding
ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of
Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to
exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the
legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts,
magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;" You can stretch
"buildings" into rather larger parcels of land for military purposes (forts were
training centers, after all), but it's a bit difficult to see how BLM lands fit
the description. And just how much did Washington pay Utah for all that public
If the legislature wants this fight, find a better way to pay for it. The money
that they are proposing is required to be held in trust for public education.
This is an unwinnable fight, and it is ridiculous to ask the schools to pay for
it. Make your point with your own money. Or, better yet, see if you can find
someone to take the case on a contingency basis - pay up from the proceeds when
they win. But leave the school trust fund money alone.
This is a public health concern. The State legislator only wants control of
these parcells for reasons that, to me, are unethical. The Salt Lake City metro
region, including Ogden and Provo, had the worst air quality in the nation
durring our last inversion. The majority of pollutants in the air came from oil
run automobiles. Utah's industrial and mining past has also exposed the Great
Salt Lake to mercury pollution. Coal-burning power plants, however, are the
largest human-caused source of mercury pollution in the world and continue to
spread mercury through the atmosphere. Mercury collects in water,
plants and animals. The National Research Council estimated more than 60,000
children each year are at risk for neurological problems due to in utero
exposure to methylmercury. Allowing these lands to be "developed," or in other
words mined, will only exasperate the problem and put the general public at even
greater risk. Perhaps it is our State Legislators who need to be
No these problems were created when the state was accepted into the united
states. They were required to give up control as a part of statehood. The feds
exercise eminent domain all the time. The suggestion is for three parcels of
Let's spend every last dime we have as a state to fight the federal government.
Let's double-dog-dare them to fight back. After all, we have more and better
lawyers than the Federal Government. We have more money to spend on this - in
fact, we have an unlimited supply of money, so we will be able to take this way
past the Supreme Court - we'll take it straight to ... well, someone.While we're taking back our land that God, Himself, gave to use, let's take
back Hill AFB, TAD, and the test range, as well. Let's take back the parks, the
forests, and the wide open lands mismanaged by BLM. Let's kick those Utes,
Navajos, and Goshutes off our land, too - give them the Nevada Test Site as a
"permanent" home.And let's not pay federal taxes, either. After
all, we'll need that money - to pay the court costs and lawyers, and to replace
some of the federal money that we won't get any more - from federal highway
funding to water development, etc.What a totally stupid idea. It's
like Chris Buttars is running the legislature.
Utahns were against Canyonlands National Park in 1962. The mining industry give
us the billion dollar bill to clean up the Atlas Mine. The national parks
created in Utah despite Utahns resistance, have brought in more money than
funny how they invoke states rights only when they want to limit someones
freedoms or mess up the public lands and the air we breath.
This is going too far! Our public lands are valuable to the citizens of Utah and
the nation and should not be taken by the State to sell off to the rich. Public
lands are important to the lifestyles of many urban and rural communities
because they provide grazing, recreation, and natural resources. I love public
lands. I already do not like the SITLA selling all the state lands! I shook my
head when our legislature banned the wolves, I rolled my eyes when they passed a
bill making global warming illegal, I got irritated when they proposed to opt
out of any health care reform, now I am angry over this bill. Some of these
measures will cost the state millions of dollars to fight and the State will
likely lose. When the State is facing huge budget deficits, furloughing and
cutting retirement benefits for employees, cutting funding for schools and
higher education, and cutting important programs, it should not be spending
money on frivolous lawsuits just to make a point. I have been a Republican
sympathizer up to this point, but from here on out, I will be punching the
straight Democrat ticket!
Thou shalt not steal! The public lands are a birth right belonging to all
Americans. I resent thieves hiding behind our constitution to steal from me.
Very good move !State's rights must be discused now more than ever.The Fed has grown way to powerful.
weren't all these land deals made under a republican state and federal
A good idea.
How much money is going to be wasted in the name of fighting for states rights?
Does anyone remember that issue was the true cause of the civil war? "supreme
court" is right, save the Utah tax payers money and spend it on our childrens'
Great! Can't wait for the Zion park gated luxury home enclave with Jack Nicklaus
golf course and the Bryce Canyon private spa resort! Or the Arches/ Canyonlands
Ivory Homes MasterPlanned Community! Push a little harder and maybe Mike Noel
can get that set of uranium mines in the Grand Canyon he's been dreaming about
to fuel his federal-regulation-free Green River Nuclear Power Plant!
Better late than never! But, why stop at just a few parcels? The state's need
ALL the land back, from border to border to the core of the earth, including all
minerals & water. National Parks should become State Parks.America's
strength lies in the Peoples ability to own land...free from Property Tax.
will not hear your case. Wouldn't the money you'll waste in this battle better
be spent in the classroom?