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Letter: Utah should leave federal land to the feds

Published October 16, 2013 1:01 am

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The people who make a living from indirect federal compensation, such as the people near our federal parks and monuments, are complaining about the government shutdown. It would be interesting to know who they voted for in the last Senate race.

Our legislators and governor have talked about suing the federal government to take over all federal lands in Utah. With many of them being realtors, developers and speculators, it seems there is a personal interest leading this charge, at taxpayer expense.

The federal government has given states permission to open the parks. Just opening Zion National Park will cost in excess of $7 million a week! The state can't afford to pay teachers a reasonable salary, but can afford to subsidize a few businesses.

What would they do if they had to hire new employees, buy equipment and pay for all of the other infrastructure needed to run all of the federal lands in Utah.

It is doubtful that the state can afford to do this. What would the options be?

Maybe those legislators and the governor would have to resort to ... selling and developing the federal lands — just what they wanted in the first place!

Barbara Bisping