Report highlights economic value of Utah's federal lands

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  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    "It's essentially a "brag rag" written by the Department of the Interior that seeks to justify the existence of the Department of the Interior."

    Robin, the Department of the Interior, does not need to justify its own existence, anybody that is rational and thoughtful recognizes the need for this federal agency. And good heavens no the states should not take over the management of these lands, what a ridiculous notion.

  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    July 10, 2012 5:13 a.m.

    Put BLM property in the hands of the State is illegal and unconstitutional. First, it gives the state the authority to repeal loyalty to the federal government and declare itself and independent nation since the state owns all its own lands with no obligations or duty to the other 49 states. Its every politicians dream, to be an emperor of a country, even if it is the size of the state of Utah.

    Prosperity equals earning you own wealth, have independence and freedom from government control as indentured servants, and have individual rights. Unless you plan to work 4 jobs, earned wealth and prosperity will never happen. And if everyone has to work 4 jobs, then the 100,000 jobs will employ 25,000 people, plus compete with 300,000 foreign nationals undocumented and unregistered with the IRS, SSA, Medicare, Medicaid, and Utah tax commission or DMV.

    In essence, it doesn't matter about job #'s or how much land Utah controls, poverty and socialism, is the goal of government and business in Utah. Prosperity was the earned prize of Baby Boomers and we are amazed at how many think they will ever acquire it as socialist dependents (welfare).

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 9, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    This piece of fishwrap isn't a report - it's propaganda in its lowest form. It's essentially a "brag rag" written by the Department of the Interior that seeks to justify the existence of the Department of the Interior.

    The report says there are 83,292 jobs in existence because of federal control of Utah's lands. They put that in there because it sounds like a big number. But if the state had control of its own lands and was using them smartly, that number would be more like 200,000.

    I wonder how much taxpayer money Ken Salazar spent on this "report"?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 9, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    But despite the economic benefits to Utah because we have these public lands, Rob Bishop, Jason Chafetz, Mike Lee, Mike Noel, and Orrin Hatch continue to lead the charge to destroy them. No wonder our legislators are frequently -- and deservedly -- labled as the loonislators.