What hypocrisy! In the land swap now being finalized between the feds and Utah/SITLA the score is: Feds 25,034 acres (received), Utah 35,516 acres (received). But the feds "only" gave up oil and gas development land, and SITLA "only" gave up scenic recreation lands ("Utah recreational land swap finally wraps up," Tribune, Feb. 7).
But for our whole lives haven’t we always been told that the feds impoverish Utah by locking up all of our "resources" and forcing us to try to live on nothing but scenery? Isn’t the story always about how badly we locals are being cheated by this arrangement?
And then the numbers come out, and the truth comes out. Those acreages are nowhere near equal. And then there is the highly touted disparity between "real resources" and mere "recreation." It sure looks to me like Utah owes the feds at least another 20,000 acres. And that’s on just one deal.
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