To the Editor:
I am responding to Bill Hamilton, and Jon De Vos.
Cliven Bundy is not a hero, and for sure, is no “John Wayne.”
Whatever else he may be, he is wrong about not paying the grazing fees, and he should lay low and keep his mouth shut. What he said about people in these government “projects” while inarticulate, and ill-considered, does not necessarily make him a “racist.”
What bothers me in this, is that for 20 years, or more, the trespass grazing has been going on, with in my opinion, only token efforts by the BLM, to rectify the situation. Serious steps needed to be taken after only a year, or two.
It looks like the BLM wasn’t too concerned about it until Harry Reid and his kid found a way to make an ethically challenged land deal, with the Chinese, Nevada, and the BLM. Can you say, “Stimulus Money”?
Then they blamed the desert turtle, a pawn in the ongoing “lock ‘em out” policies from the enviro-bigots. I would like one of the enviro-bigots to explain to me how a solar farm benefits the turtle?
Now, all of a sudden the grazing amounts to a national emergency, and we have to “Call out the Marines,” so to speak, and deal with a hard-headed cowboy, in a manner that reeks of Ruby Ridge, and Waco. Swat teams, snipers, armored vehicles, and armed helicopters are brought in. Cattle are pushed around, killed, and water sources (some taxpayer-funded) destroyed, hurting wild animals also.
The Bundys are laid siege to, and if not for intervention by outside interests, probably would have been gunned down in a very one-sided battle, with the story being that the Bundys opened fire on the Feds, from their “heavily fortified compound.”
One thing that is a common theme in all these situations, the “government” is the sole “forensic resource,” in these, so called “investigations.”
They alone can collect evidence, leave evidence out, and manufacture evidence as they need it, to make their case to the courts, and more importantly to the public, through the press.
It has become time to reconsider every single federal agency: put the brakes on all of them and eliminate many of these agencies.
No public land should be closed, sold or traded, with out an Act of Congress.