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  •  Hi, Larry. You've been on ... (8+ / 0-)

    ...my contribution list this year (my brother-in-law used to work for you the last time you went to Washington, and that's how I know my money will be well spent).

    As you know, during the Reagan Administration the Sagebrush Rebels (and, later, the "Wise" Use movement) had major fights with environmentalists over how public lands should be governed. Today, environmental advocates seem to be less disrespected in the West.

    How would you go about balancing the desires and needs of Westerners who use public lands for a variety of things with the environmental protection?

    I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. -- Mark Twain

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 11:46:04 AM PDT

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      Is there a way to keep the Feds from interfering when local agricultural and environmental groups reach a compromise?

      I'm thinking of the Salmon and water issues on the Klamath where the locals agreed and the Feds screwed it up.

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices. Voltaire 1694-1778

      by SallyCat on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 11:49:48 AM PDT

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      •  Another rural-related question (3+ / 0-)
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        Meteor Blades, SallyCat, Spiffydigs

        What is your position on the National Animal Id System (NAIS).  You may be aware that the Idaho state ag department enrolled a large number of farmers and ranchers, without their knowledge or consent, into this "voluntary" program. If the state meets its bounty number of enrollments, the USDA gives the state more money through a Cooperative Agreement. What can be done to restore truthfulness, accountability, and rationality to the USDA?

        The states have been doing an excellent job on disease eradication without NAIS, and NAIS will not make our food any safer. The money spent on NAIS would be better spent on more USDA and FDA inspections of imports and processing plants.

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