I would like to commend Gov. Mike Leavitt on his bipartisan effort in working with the Interior Department, especially Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea, to re-establish and actually increase our state school trust lands. The land swap arrangement benefits our most precious citizens, the children of Utah.

This is a good example of how government working together can be effective and do the right thing. We should follow this example and work together to accomplish what is right for the citizens for Utah.Sen. Scott N. Howell

Senate Democratic leader

Salt Lake City