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Federal government mishandled Bundy case

Many news organizations miss the problem of how the federal government manages public land.

Your editorial in the April 25 edition stated the Bundy dispute very clearly. If Bundy’s tactic was to get as much free feed as possible from the federal government he has probably succeeded beyond any realistic expectation by not paying any grazing fees for 20 years.

Bundy’s state rights tactic has been tried before in Nevada which resulted in the rancher losing all his grazing allotments after years of litigation and thus was out of business.

The real tragedy here has been caused by the federal government letting this situation go on for 20 years and then showing up on site trying to be cowboys but acting like Keystone Cops. If the federal government had an injunction against Bundy why wasn’t he held in contempt of court years ago and jailed if necessary until he complied with the court order to remove the cattle?

Try not paying your income taxes, the IRS will take all your money, sell your business and your house and it will not take 20 years. The televised standoff and all the misinformed news show performers only make it more difficult for the legitimate rancher who recognizes this is 2014 not 1914 to deal with the BLM and the issues you stated so well regarding the current multiple use policies on federal land.

Russell Turner

McArthur, Calif.



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