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    KenBee, JayDean, RiveroftheWest

    Oh yeah, the senator was certainly "full of himself" in more than one way. He was all up in the fact that the state doesn't get taxes for all that land. I pointed out to him that the feds pour way more money into Utah than it gets out, he said "but, it's not taxes!" To wit I replied, "Money is fungible, I don't care if you call it frogs or taxes, it's money!" He said, "But, it's not taxes!"

    What do ya do?

    In the '90s Emery County put forth a land use plan. It wasn't perfect, in fact it had a number a serious problems but the local people recognized that they had something special and wanted to find a way to manage it. It was picked to death by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

    I know why SUWA didn't like it, but at the same time I wish that there had been more work done trying to find a compromise. I knew Clinton was leaving office and we had no guarantee. Since then the County has dug in it's heals and their plans get worse.

    I believe that the only way now is to proclaim it a Nat. Monument with all that entails and then find a way to work with the people there. It will be hard going. Their start point is to be unreasonable and they are inundated with right wing BS constantly.

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:40:38 PM PDT

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