Bebyebe,Our rights, and liberties need protecting. Not the land.
I don't trust Utah to protect wild land. They only see $$.
Tussle over employee lands proving complex for Utah.The America I
grew up in, had government set as servants, and employees of the people.We need to remember this.
FieryDarts,Why should the feds own it either? They are
adminisrators, not owner, and controller. They're our employee. Since when
do employees control land?A sixteen trillion dollar debt, and the
feds should have the land? You're joking! Right?In Cuba,and
North Korea, government owns the land. That's ok with you too?
Whle I am not in favor of he propoed new National Monument in the Canyonlands, I
am also not in favor of the public lands being turned over to the State either.
I think th BLM & Forest Service are doing a reasoable job. Yes, some change
on how things are done can be considered, but I think a change of administration
is ill advised and could be expensive in many ways.Utah has
certainly lost "friends" from other States from my conversations. Any
changes in Public Lands would also be considered for Colorado, Wyoming etc. The
Governor should be careful not to burn too many bridges. There are those in the
State who are not convinced that some of his staff are giving him the best
advice or that this would be the best course of acton for Utah citizens.The suggestion of a complete economic anaylsis is good, but it should be
done by an impartial organization. If it is done by the State of Utah, it will
certainly lack creditability by some (inside and outside of the State.) We will who the staff changes will be and the advice they give him over
There are three common misconceptions regarding this issue that I want to
address.First, Clinton created the GSENM in 1996, not in his final
days in office.Second, while Utah ranks high in terms of percentage
of federal land, it's third, not first. Alaska and Nevada have higher
percentages of federal land (and government-owned land).Third, if
the federal government isn't going to own the land, then why should the
state own it instead? Where do we get off telling the federal government that
they have no property rights and that the state has the right to take that land
from them?I hear people point out that back east the federal
government owns only small amounts of land, but in those areas the states
don't own the land either. If you want to become like the east coast, then
the land should be privately owned. And I don't think that most Utahns
would prefer that to federal ownership.The real issue here is land
management, and I think that it is a valid issue. So let's get involved
with that instead of trying to steal land.
Obama knows best, what's good with these lands.The people of
Utah didn't build that land. Someone else should control it.May our liberal friends, get what they voted for.
The Federal lands in Utah belong to all of the Citizens of the United States.
The Federal lands do not belong to just Utah legislators and/or their oil &
gas special interest groups. The lands belong all of us. I am a citizen of Utah
& the USA. I say, "Leave the Federal Lands alone!"