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Risch, Labrador legislate away 39,000 acres

Letter: Harvey Neese Clarkston, Wash.

This is directed to those citizens who were aware of the promise by Risch and Labrador related to legislating away up to 39,000 acres of public forest lands in Latah, Clearwater, Idaho and Benewah counties and then voted them back into office to accomplish this.

There are few issues when we vote that are sure to be with us 100 years from now. The multi-use public forests which after being traded away in four counties will no doubt be removed of all timber and then treeless parcels sold if the past has any credibility.

Those who knew this would happen, including many sportsmen, but refused to listen to logic and voted party instead of people have future serious problems with children and grandchildren. When these offspring ask you why there are no longer public lands to hunt and fish as daddy and grandpa had, you will have a big problem telling the truth— that you helped this to happen!

Meanwhile, there are many people in the area who spent more than a million dollars in time in 84 months trying to save these precious lands but you who voted party and not for people must answer to your offspring.

You can tell offspring of the legislating away of up to an initial 39,000 acres of prime recreational lands, which you helped happen and there was then a run on many more public forests in our extreme capitalism era. And the forests disappeared. Good luck to your explanations.

Harvey Neese



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