Education coalition attacks Utah's efforts to get federal lands

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  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    It's a complex issue and I tend to disagree with the governor, but signs carried by the demonstrators suggest that educating Utah's students is a side issue.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    May 23, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Mixed in the Federal lands are the Utah School Trust Lands which were granted to the State when we received Statehood. These land should be generating revenue for our schools but most are landlocked surrounded by Federal lands. In 1984 I helped our Senator Wallace. F. Bennett draft a plan to exchange to exchange these lands so the State could gain management but President Kennedy refused to sign it. Similar efforts have failed through the years so we as a State have been forced into this law suit. Would the State be a good land keeper if we got control of our lands? Much better than the distant Feds who won't assume reponsibility for their actions as the unfolding events in Washington today reveal.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 23, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Why not give our land to the feds? They'll control:

    * health care
    * education
    * the military
    * the economy with its assortment of regulations
    * taxes, and national debt

    States can't handle their own affairs, let a central power do it. Really smart.

  • Devilion Taylorsville, UT
    May 23, 2013 5:12 a.m.

    I belive Utah should manage it's own lands. Most of the land currently held by the federal government was part of an agreement that it would be sold to private owners to raise funding for the territory of Utah. That agreement is past it's agreed upon closing date.

    Utah's forests are being destroyed by the pine beatle. If these forests where amnaged by the state we could have lumber companies go through and harvest the effected trees. I know the enviromentalist are about to scream on that one. Here's something to understand. For every tree a company takes it plants up to ten. Why would they do that? simple they wan to stay in business. the future of the compnay requires large healthy forests. If you think our woods are doing fine then you haven't gone for a long walk in the mountains.

    As to other resourses. We can use them with wisdom. There is a lot of new technology that can be used. Try putting up wind or solar on BLM land see how far you get.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    May 22, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Re Ett

    Don't know what you're looking at. Utah test scores are among the best in the west when looking at the ACT or AP classes. They have repeatedly been in the top ten over the last five years for those stats.

    Maybe instead of taking a cheap shot at an easy target, you should worry about ensuring your own kids meet those levels, rather than worrying what these private citizens do in their private time.

  • patriot vet Cedar City, UT
    May 22, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    I agree with the education group. The lands they refer to have been held in National public trust for over a century. They remain a stunning and unique jewel for our nation. These lands also provide clean water, timber, grazing forage, recreation and other benefits to the public. Utahns especially benefit from their Federal management.

    The American electorate will never concede ownership of these valuable lands to the state. The state is incapable of protecting and managing these lands. It cost a small fortune to do so, which is borne by all American taxpayers.

    Therefore, it is a waste of taxpayer moneys to hire lawyers and pay judges to sue the Federal government.

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    Seeing as Utah ranks 42nd in education nationwide, these Teachers and Board of Education members should focus on doing their jobs better, instead of worrying about a squabble over land between Utah and the Federal government.