Letter to the Editor
Just an American
I was in the Hilltop canyon again yesterday where the grass tour started and again early today as I live at the mouth of the canyon and drive right up the canyon everyday to work. This is my back door and the grass is very tall with cheat grass near 26” high, and native grasses 18” high in many places. This is the best grass year in the past 10 years.
The fire danger is going to be scary and few even realize what Mr. Furtado has set us up for. A gallon of diesel fuel has 115,000 BTU and 7 pounds of grass has 51,450 BTUs. That is one hell of a lot of fuel for the range fires that are going to happen because we didn’t control the cheat grass.
The BLM didn’t have a large enough budget last year in a slow fire season with little fuel. They borrowed from the sage grouse budget, this year they have less money and are looking at a severe fire season, “due to the heavy fuel load.” I call that mismanagement!
The feral horses are double the allotted number for almost every herd management area. They have no budget to haul water to them this summer and many will die of thirst. They also have no funds to gather the excess horses to bring the numbers in line according to the mandates for numbers in Herd Management Areas. This is just appalling that an agency can be so mismanaged and allowed to continue to exist, as they obstruct productivity and sustainability and promote incompetence. We as citizens need to stand up and demand the removal of the entire BLM as a responsible land management agency.
Before the BLM, we had adequate sage grouse populations and deer populations. The range was healthy and the horses had an economic value insuring their survival. Yes, they were gathered and the usable ones were used for ranch horses and the unusable were sold to slaughter. Today the American taxpayer foots the bill for around 50,000 feral horses at a cost of approximately $4 per day, per horse. That is about $72.5 million just to maintain the ones held in feedlots alone. Holding feral horses that had run free their entire lives on thousands of acres, then abruptly confining them to a feedlot is inhumane in itself.
At this point it isn’t about ranchers and miners, It is about the hunter, the ATV enthusiast, and the fisherman. We are all in the same place in time and our freedoms are at stake. Every road closure, every endangered species is just an excuse to create a non-use of the public lands, and once they are closed they will never be reopened.
I am reminded of the sad plight of the American Indian, and all of the broken promises they were given by a corrupt government that had no intentions of bargaining in good faith. Government has no conscience, no brain, no memory, and no moral foundation. No ability to care, yet they have been given that responsibility in exchange for our freedom. This is especially true when the restrictions placed upon this monster by the Constitution are ignored. Our fight is in there in black and white. They can’t own big tracts of land and the purposes of ownership are limited. The issue of states’ rights is the first fight. Then individual rights.
Government cannot manage anything. Their only purpose is to protect the border and protect individuals from force and fraud. Now they are the force, the fraud, and the borders are wide open.
I find the current situation appalling. We have our elected Senator Harry Reid with no regard to anyone other than himself. He has hand picked the current BLM director. And with little imagination it is reminiscent of the 1890s and a corrupt Indian agent, serving the corrupt officials that have empowered him to steal Americans’ property once again. It is time you and I stood up and said, “No more!” to federal ownership of land and to the corrupt agencies that answer to corrupt officials who have no regard for the Constitution. — Wayne Nebeker, Proud to call myself JUST AN AMERICAN