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Legislators don’t represent people on lands’ issues

Letter: Harvey Neese Clarkston, Wash.

Three of your elected officials propose to legislate away up to 39,000 acres in mostly Latah, Idaho, Clearwater, Benewah and Kootenai counties where thousands hunt, fish and recreate every year on public lands.

These lands account for 5 percent of Idaho’s gross state product ($2.2 billion, 37,000 jobs). The elected officials have not met with the people once in six years or 2,190 days.

Let’s compare one-party political systems.

I visited the Soviet Union as requested by the U.S. government to initiate a program to help reduce huge losses of stored potatoes in the Soviet Union. Within 24 hours, I was invited to meet with the Russian minister of agriculture.

Note: Compare this meeting with six long years of the people attempting to get Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo and Representative Raul Labrador to meet with them on the 39,000-acre Lochsa land takeaway. This amounts to 24 hours versus 52,560 hours of waiting. What a comparison?

From an independent who fled from Idaho’s corrupted one-party system, I have a question to ask Idaho sportsmen and others: Why would you vote for legislators such as Risch and Labrador in 2014 when you can see they are against your best interests?

How many more legislative land trades will follow if this huge land takeaway by Risch and accomplices succeeds?

Why do Idahoans treat Risch and accomplices as honest legislators representing the people? These legislators do not represent the people of Idaho or the nation that own these lands.

Harvey Neese

Clarkston, Wash.


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