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Letter: Rolly leaps to incorrect conclusions
First Published Jun 19 2014 04:58 pm • Last Updated Jun 19 2014 04:58 pm

I am writing today regarding the article by Paul Rolly ("Eastern Utah county tells federal cops: We call the shots," June 19) regarding law enforcement in counties and other items. My purpose in writing is to question if Mr. Rolly is a reporter or an editorial writer. My occasional reading of his column leads me to believe he is an editorial writer. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Rolly did not contact any Carbon County commissioner regarding this issue.

My conclusion is based on my understanding, as an American with a proper elementary education rooted in the 1950s, and my belief that a reporter or an editorial writer should gather facts and interview the participants or victims in a particular story prior to writing an article.

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The conclusions that Mr. Rolly leaped to in the article are red meat for the radicals and brilliantly illustrate the divide in Utah between urban and rural citizens. Had Mr. Rolly attempted to discuss this issue with any county officials, he may have learned that the county does not condone violence against Bureau of Land Management Officials; in fact my observation is that Mr. Sacco, mentioned in the article, has a good relationship with BLM officials in Price. I suggest that you all read the resolution in question and point out to the public where the resolution states that a federal employee of any agency is prohibited from intervening to rescue an accident victim.

Please review Utah Code 63G-8-201 which grants immunity from liability for a person performing services on a voluntary basis.

In conclusion, if the direction that The Salt Lake Tribune has taken for many years leads to its demise, many Utah readers will not miss reading it.

Dave Levanger

Carbon County director of planning

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