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Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 7:11 p.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

The article touches on the root cause of the problem. Ranching in much of the west is not an economically viable exercise, even with huge injections of government support. So, let's give them what they are asking for. Put federal lands up for sale. In manageable sized allotments. To everyone. I'd like a section or two to burn around on with my 4 wheelers on the weekend. If someone else wants to try to make a go of raising rail thin cattle on a hundred square miles of scrub, they can pay what the market will bear for that scrub and have a go.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is sad that we allow a group of anti-Americans to damage the life and happiness of other Americans all over the USA. The fact is, no state can claim sovereignty over the government of the United States of America. It is a desecration of the American flag for the separatist to fly our flag along side their demands.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The war against our national government is rooted in economics and manned by unscrupulous businessmen like Clyde Bundy who refuse to play by the rules. By using resources that belong to someone else and refusing to pay for them a person is as much a criminal as any bank robber.

The government fees are less that the fees of the free market for grazing land use. We justify the lower fee by the notion that we are helping ourselves along with food producers. This is likely a false notion.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Today, Memorial Day, along with their private remembrances, Americans all over the our nation will be paying tribute to the memory of the military men and women who fought and died for America. It is well to note that the sacrifice was not for any state but for all Americans

Murray, UT

Ranchers should understand the term drought.

Global Warner
Provo, UT

This attorney and his supposed American cattlemen are clearly confused. The American people have supported national control of our beautiful park, deserts, and wilderness for a century, and we don't want a small group of selfish farmers to break our laws so they can defile nature. These actions which attempt to invoke the sacred work of the great Mohandas Gandhi are no different than when Glenn Beck recently attempted to use the life and mission of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to fortify his own racist cause while wrapped in the U.S. flag. Such desecrations are an affront to thinking people around the world.

Provo, UT

"BLM officials say temporary reductions in some grazing allotments are necessary due to lingering drought."

What, pray tell, does Gerber propose to do about the drought? Invoke a rain dance?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Gandhi did not agitate for a welfare program for ranchers. Gandhi agitated for basic human rights. It's insulting to compare this "ride" to Gandhi's famous "walk."

Phillip M Hotchkiss
Malta, Mt

What some do not relize is ranchers all over the USA is losing the right to graze the cattle on B L M land. When alowed to use this land at a cheaper cost means lower cost at the market.Government is making it harder for ranchers to make a living .when you go to the store to buy meat.remember your paying for what you wanted. And that is Big Government.they know if they can control the food they then can control the people. Here in Montana we are having the same problem with government taking what belongs to all of us

slc, UT

the ranchers are not going about this the right way but, on the other hand, the land and everything else is very overregulated, they could save money by cutting the salaries of the people regulating the land, there way over paid

Kearns, UT

Global Warner, you have obviously not ever been to that part of Nevada. They are no more defiling the desert than the desert is beautiful. So go and hike and bike out there in the middle of nowhere to your heart's content.

BTW, your precious government has defiled the land way more than these farmers ever could by testing nuclear weapons a couple of hundred miles to the south. That land is closed off to everyone.

Phillip M Hotchkiss
Malta, Mt

@Flashback. I agree with you ranchers love the land they use and treat it with respect. Government on the other hand abuses it.look at the destruction the Government did to the land that Bundy was using.trampling turtle dugout killing the cattle.and destroying the water holes that not only cattle used but wild game.

Mcallen, TX

The state of Nevada should handle its land, not the feds.

The feds can't even balance a checkbook, and put the country seventeen trillion dollars in debt.

Can't manage VA healthcare, and made a costly mess of our education system.

Rural sport fan

The problem most don't understand is that the government put this all in motion back when they decided you could homestead 160 acres, a terrible policy in the west. In most of Utah and Nevada, that's not enough land to survive if you were a farmer or rancher that hasn't got access to enough water. As a result of bad policy, much of the land wasn't taken by the citizens. So the feds decide to "manage" the land. Like everything the feds touch, that's a boondoggle, and now here we are with corn being subsidized for ethanol, despite the fact that it's production and distribution produces more pollution than gas, ranchers being told they can't graze their animals, food prices going through the roof, and a citizenry that actually believes that this is a good thing. You know what you do in a drought? You graze more land, with less animals. But the BLM pushes you to put more animals on less land, thus destroying it.

People that don't live here need to listen to what we are saying.

Alex 1
Tucson, AZ

I believe that this is a better approach than Cliven Bundy.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

worf said: "The state of Nevada should handle its land, not the feds."

Land inside a state doesn't make it "It's Land" no matter how many times you say it.

Nevada charges 12 a head for cattle run on state property, and the feds charge a dollar, do you really believe the ranchers want Nevada to take charge?

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

No. 4.

The picture at the top of this article shows two flagpoles with four flags on each. On one of the flagpoles the American flag is shown subordinated to the other flags. While this may correctly display the mental attitude of those people, it is an improper and derogatory display of the American flag.

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