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Labrador: knows better than land professionals?

Letter: Marilyn Beckett Moscow

News coverage on Congressman Labrador’s Moscow visit didn’t mention some attendees protesting his support of the Lochsa Land Exchange (ULX). “I support land exchanges in general,” he said. “I’ve seen several (ULX) draft bills but the stakeholders haven’t agreed on language.”

Later when questioned about Government Accountability Office reports on the gross misuse of the federal land exchange program, he was unaware. “Lots of people are in favor of an exchange,” he said, but couldn’t identify supporters. He passed the buck to Senator Risch, even though Risch has publicly refused his role in the ULX.

When asked about Larry Craig lobbying for Western Pacific Timber’s interests, Labrador said, “Wouldn’t you want me to write a bill for you?”

Most Idahoans can’t pay a D.C. insider a half million dollars to keep the Congressman engaged.

“The Lochsa’s beautiful and WPT is going to develop it,” his aide said, like the idea struck fear in him. Odd the Labrador camp, keen on private sector enhancement, should worry about development.

Labrador promotes increasing state land management and privatization. Foresters disagreed, yet Labrador said, “Just fly over the forests and see— state/ private management is better. We’ll agree to disagree on this.”

An immigration lawyer who believes people should come here legally, Labrador’s timber management agenda attempts to circumvent current land law. He claims to know better what constitutes proper land use than field honed professionals.

In Idaho, hunting, fishing, camping happen mostly on public land, unless one pays for private land access. Public land’s economic benefit here is lost on Labrador. He hasn’t been on the Palouse Ranger District to see excellence in multiple use management. His views are inconsistent, his ignorance arrogantly run amok.

Raul Labrador does not represent Idaho and needs to be replaced in the U.S. Congress.

Marilyn Beckett



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