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Top Down Approach Double Talk

Letter to the Editor

Senator Risch: This letter involves a serious comment by you in a recent Lewiston Tribune newspaper article, “Sen. Jim Risch said he’s disgusted by the top-down approach federal agencies used….” In other words, federal agencies do not work first with the people and organizations in states to develop their programs.

Senator, in keeping with your complaint, why did you use the top-down approach with the people, recreation and sportsmen’s groups, etc., in Idaho when you voted for the Murkowski Amendment to sell, trade away and give away our public lands across America? As far as is known, not one of the 50 Republican senators who voted to take away these federal lands from people ownership first consulted their constituents. Wouldn’t your top-down approach violate your desire that Washington officials, as you, work from the bottom up?

You sir, as well as Sen. Crapo and Rep. Labrador, exercised a top-down approach again when you met with a private timber/realty firm behind closed doors and proposed to legislate away thousands of acres of prime, multi-use public lands used by thousands of people annually for 39,000 acres of stripped, steep terrain, clearcut acres in the infamous Lochsa Land Exchange? You proposed this top-down approach before you consulted with your constituents.

Could you please inform the people of Idaho why you use a top-down approach trading away their public lands before you consult with your constituents and will this continue in the future?

Harvey Neese

Clarkston, Wash.


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