Despite frequent statements otherwise, our Idaho County commissioners don’t “get it.” They don’t “get” the depth and sincerity of local opposition to the Lochsa Land Exchange proposal. They don’t “get” that the majority of their constituents can’t agree with or approve of their current actions or attitude. They cling to their fantasy that the people who elected them wholly support their cozy relationship with WPT. They don’t “get” that WPT is an untrustworthy land development company and that access/use easements are a risky, dead-end business. They don’t “get” that our national forests are not a resource mono-culture. They don’t “get” that there are other, viable economic avenues for boosting revenues besides timber… notably recreational tourism. They don’t “get” that genuine listening might actually create some problem-solving ideas.
With great arrogance, the current commissioners collectively claim to be honor-bound to enforce and protect their anti-government philosophy — which is dangerous ground and counter-productive thinking for a county that is, and will remain, 85 percent public land.