Chmelik, in an article to the Lewiston Tribune, is high on platitudes and short on specifics.
He would have us believe he is a student of the public lands in this country, particularly as it pertains to the way, long ago, eastern states handled the issue.
I don’t think he ever heard of Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot or of the “Big Burn” of 1910? He would probably agree with the tactics of the Barber Timber Co. at the turn of the 20th century to exploit Idaho public lands!
He forgets that for every Idaho tax dollar sent to Washington, D.C., Idaho receives back about a dollar and a half – pretty good deal, I’ll bet those eastern taxpayers would welcome not supporting federal public lands.
Mr. Chmelik is a pure opportunist – political person, seeking to blindfold Idaho taxpayers.
No the big corporations and the wealthy one-percenters are waiting to exploit the situation.
Idaho voters are smarter – they won’t be blindfolded.