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It's up to us to put an end to government overreach

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Dear Editor:

It's never going to stop. Government and radical environmentalists just keep shutting down activities and lands. And we keep letting them.

It started with logging. As a result, Western forests are now full of dead and dying trees and forest fires burn more acres and homes every year, and increasing numbers of people are evacuated. Carbon from people (vehicles/utilities) is terrible, but carbon-laden smoke from massive and numerous forest fires somehow pose no problems?

It moved to mining. Mining, which supplies all the materials that farming and logging don't, became an evil use of land. Now many of our mining jobs -- including energy production -- are overseas.

We have so many restrictions on farmers and ranchers that it is often cheaper to import our food. So we now eat food from countries that don't have our pesticide/herbicide restrictions, and somehow that food is okay. Meanwhile, they've put farmers, ranchers, miners, and loggers out of business and crippled far too many small communities.

But they didn't stop at legislating major operators out of business. Now they're after the weekend prospector, putting more and more land off-limits to recreational miners and putting nonsensical restrictions on them. Ditto for OHV riders.

And now the BLM wants to put limitations on 8,560 acres of our local 'dobies because a Colorado hookless cactus exists in (according to one account) 2,000 acres of it, "to protect downstream waters" and because "fragile soil" might be eroded. What in heck created the 'dobies anyway? Erosion is fine when nature does it, but evil if people contribute?

Never say "never" when government is involved. They can always find something more to shut down. It's never going to stop -- unless people stand up and stop it.

Bruce Many

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