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SITLA's secret
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

What a juxtaposition!

Ken Burns' six-part series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," is airing on KUED. The emphasis is on conserving our beautiful national landmarks as a national resource.

As this is occurring, we have SITLA — the state School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration — clandestinely transferring mineral rights to Anadarko in the Book Cliffs, a beautiful state treasure. Is that not delicious irony at a high level, or low level? Take your pick!

If one wonders why it is not appropriate to give the state ownership and control of our nation's wilderness, we need look no further.

Ray Freer

Park City

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