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Beyond Bundy: Federal Lands Debate
Didn’t Start, Won’t End At Bunkerville

The Federalist, by Carl Graham

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Posted By:StormCnter, 5/6/2014 5:31:12 PM

Few people expected Cliven Bundy to become a poster child for federal lands policy in the West, but when some people–perhaps a little too eager for a hero–took up his cause, a national story was created out of a property dispute. Meanwhile, the larger issue of unfair and harmful federal land policies got lost in the clutter of the case’s unique details and Bundy’s offensive racial comments. Federal ownership of 600 million acres–nearly 50% of all land in the West–has been debated and contested for 150 years. It was contentious before Bundy’s case, and it’ll be contentious long after. Western

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The writer´s creds are at the end of the article. It´s not about Bundy, but about the larger issue of the federal holdings.

      


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Beyond Bundy: Federal Lands Debate
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The Federalist, by Carl Graham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/6/2014 5:31:12 PM     Post Reply
Few people expected Cliven Bundy to become a poster child for federal lands policy in the West, but when some people–perhaps a little too eager for a hero–took up his cause, a national story was created out of a property dispute. Meanwhile, the larger issue of unfair and harmful federal land policies got lost in the clutter of the case’s unique details and Bundy’s offensive racial comments. Federal ownership of 600 million acres–nearly 50% of all land in the West–has been debated and contested for 150 years. It was contentious before Bundy’s case, and it’ll be contentious long after. Western

   

 

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