Finding the proper balance between state, federal land interests

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  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    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.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:23 p.m.

    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 state lands.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    As a passionate conservationist and lover of our public lands this land grab/sagebrush tantrum cost Herbert my vote.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    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 act.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 12:28 a.m.

    As rightly pointed out by Rampton, this is a fools errand. Greed leads the way with the special interests that have pushed this legislation.