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Redcoats are coming to take public lands

Letter to the Editor

During the American Revolution, Paul Revere rode his horse through villages yelling, “the Redcoats are coming, the Redcoats are coming,” to alert the people that the British soldiers were coming to take over their lands. A similar thing is happening across America today as Republican legislators, with their political red party colors, are writing legislative bills implying, “we Redcoats are coming, we Redcoats are here to take away your lands!”

In Paul Revere’s time, the British did not ask people living in cities and rural areas of America if the people wanted the British to take over their lands. The same is happening today in 21st century America, and with mechanisms available to poll the people in America, the Redcoats have not once asked the people if they want their lands legislated away. Over 90 percent of Republican senators signed the Senator Murkowski Amendment to trade away, sell, give away etc.., public lands owned by the people. And more bills are coming as the new-day Redcoats are persistent.

The old-time Redcoats lost to the American people and it will happen again. A Republican congressman recently withdrew his bill to take away lands in Utah from the people due to high public opposition. A recent private poll in seven Western states showed a big majority of people opposed the Redcoat obsession.

May God Bless America and its public lands from those who wish to trade/sell them away from our children and grandchildren due to the extreme obsession by one political party, which does not understand all the joy and happiness these lands bring to millions of Americans each year from recreating on these public lands along with two thirds of a trillion dollars to the economy.

Harvey Neese

Clarkston, Wash.


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