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Letter: This is crime, not patriotism
First Published Apr 19 2014 07:07 pm • Last Updated Apr 19 2014 07:07 pm

What is it with these guys? First, we’ve got a Nevada rancher who hasn’t paid his grazing fees for 10 years, a million dollars he owes to the American taxpayers. And when they try to bring him to justice, a posse of armed cronies shows up to intimidate our government officials so that he can avoid his responsibility.

Now, we’ve got a San Juan County Commissioner – an elected official no less, a public servant! – who is planning an ATV ride on land that is off-limits to motorized vehicles, to protest the BLM’s tardiness in ruling on a proposal for the area’s re-opening ("ATV ride to send a message to BLM," April 17). Shameful.

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If I failed to pay my taxes for 10 years, or if I rode my ATV on closed land, I’d be arrested, and rightly so. There is no gray zone here, so let’s make no mistake: people who flout the law like this are not patriots. They are scofflaws with an anarchist bent. They are common criminals thumbing their nose at the rule of law.

I’m a citizen and a taxpayer, and that BLM land is mine, too. I would like the people we’ve entrusted to care for it to be able to do their job. Criminals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of our laws.

Mark Jackson

Salt Lake City

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