I was one of 300 people in Grangeville Nov. 24 on the Lochsa Land Exchange hearing. I was extremely amazed at how more than 90 percent of the people in a conservative community, making presentations, spoke their minds in opposition to the proposed large land tradeaway and against what their county commissioners have been trying for years to do.
I was surprised at how several local people spoke out about the Idaho County commissioners Chmelik and Brandt not listening and representing the people, their constituents, as they are supposed to do as elected officials. This misrepresentation has been going on for some time, failure to represent the constituents in Idaho County by elected officials. This is also the problem over a larger area whereas senators Risch and Crapo fail to represent their constituents by continuing to drag on the Lochsa Land Exchange tradeaway. Then there is the US Forest Service not listening to the people and because of the overwhelming opposition to trading away the people’s lands, the Forest Service cannot justify and show the trade was in the people’s interest as required by regulations. The action that should be taken is to stamp no action on the document by the forest supervisor that is in a country established of, by and for the people.
I would like to ask the Idaho County commissioners, senators Risch and Crapo and Forest Service officials just what do you need to convince you that a huge majority of the people oppose the Lochsa Land Exchange trade so all of you can drop this issue and get back to work trying to improve our democratic system by working closely with your constituents? My last question is, do you really want to know, if somehow you don’t know already, what the people want from you on this issue?
I can put you in touch with two organizations, one national and the other state affiliated, who can demonstrate to you how valuable these lands are to the people and how they cherish these lands —please reply.