Tussle over federal lands proving complex for Utah

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 16, 2012 9:46 p.m.


    Our rights, and liberties need protecting. Not the land.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    I don't trust Utah to protect wild land. They only see $$.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 16, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 16, 2012 1:04 p.m.


    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?

  • L Central, Utah
    Nov. 16, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    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 the years.

  • FieryDarts Kaysville, Utah
    Nov. 16, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 16, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    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.

  • nonprofiteer SLC, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    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!"