Outdoor Retailer show a 'springboard' for Utah business

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  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    The OIA is the textbook example of Fascist crony capitalism, especially now that Jewel of REI is now the head of DOI. They are out for one thing and one thing only, to line their pockets at the expense of the Utah taxpayer by limiting access to our public lands and promoting "eco-tourism" as a viable source of income. Anyone who lives and works in a tourist destination, knows that this is a bold face lie. They purport to be "environmentally responsible" to cover up the fact that they outsource jobs to China and try to hide the fact that pretty much everything they manufacture, even the clothing they sell, comes from mineral and oil extraction. They wrote the book on "green washing" an industry. Rural Utah is NOT their "playground". It is OUR home!! If we had leadership in this state that had a backbone, these hypocrites would have been sent packing after the stunt they pulled last Nov asking Obama to lock up the southern half of the state.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    I hope that our government isn't looking at this as revenue and taxation authority to turn this state over to private investors to close our state down to free access like they have in many canyons and venues under their control and state in denying public access to BLM and public property.

    Can't agree this as an industry to give too much credible authority, tourism is not really and industry to count on or promote in the desert country. We, Utah is not a destination, we are and accidental industry with limited and short term interests. Besides, it time to start thinking about water portages as a reality. Abundant water for out door or residential use is becoming critically short supply.

    Since the NSA and imported business is allowed to confiscate billions of barrels of water from our resources every year, its going to get more critical to our surviving in this country. Lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers are drying up with no time or resources to replenish its a critical issue of feasibility in this state. The time for pretending has reached critical and reality must get some notice.

  • Love skiing Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    Showing us ski's this time of year is wrong. It's hot as snot outside and you have to tease us like that. How cruel can you get. This is not right. I better fly to Portillo and get a few runs in. Can't wait for the snow.