Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
As rightly pointed out by Rampton, this is a fools errand. Greed leads the way
with the special interests that have pushed this legislation.
It is difficult to have cooperation with a Gov. that changes every 4 to 8 years
and can throw any previous agreements out of the window.
Every year, Utah's state legislature enacts at least one unconscionable law
that is unconstitutional but which will cost the State of Utah bundles of bucks
to prosecute or defend. I guess this bill is this year's uncoscionable
As a passionate conservationist and lover of our public lands this land
grab/sagebrush tantrum cost Herbert my vote.
Utah Federal lands include parcels that were designated as school trust lands.
These lands have never been fully granted to the State and those few acres we
have access to provide a few thousand of income for schools. In 1963 I worked
with Sen Wallace F. Benett to draft legislation that would require the Federal
Government to turn over or trade out the Utah land to the State over a period of
20 years. It reached President J.F. Kennedy's desk and died. He would not
sign or veto it. Herbert's attempt to get the Federal Government to the
negotiating table is what anyone who supports Utah schools would do. Our right
to more income is long over due. And don't counter with the State
couldn't manage it. Look at how well Wisconsin and Minnesota manage their
This is a wonderfully refreshing effort by the Deseret News at allowing a voice
of common sense and reason to be published. This "land grab" should be
called what it is: Larceny.
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