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Selling grandma’s jewels

Dear Editor:Your editorial (Feb. 15) about public lands remaining public is absolutely on target.It is another example of how this administration works. The secrecy of everything is one way W gets it done. Nothing is said or announced, except in the lowest levels of announcements; the legal basis gets stuffed inside another bill of extreme necessity and the next thing we know, we have gas wells and mines for neighbors.The same goes for appointments of friends of friends (how do you think we got “Brownie”?) and after Congress goes home for Christmas, the appointments are allowed without a vote. People of gross incompetence are now running departments with billion dollar budgets. A good deal of the infrastructure of legislation that has created national parks, public lands and land use policy has been suspended without debate or congressional action (see Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s speech at the Sierra Summit, Sept. 10, 2005, at http://www.sierraclub.org/pressroom/speeches/2005-09-10rfkjr.asp.This is a clear result of tax cuts and deficit spending and two wars. Plain and simple we’re out of money and the only way to finance schools and roads is spaghetti dinners and selling grandma’s jewels. They believe we’d sell a few acres in order to educate our kids and improve our roads. They have had their eyes on this prize for years and have been waiting for everyone to be looking the other way so they could slip it under the door. Your message needs to go to Washington D. C. loud and clear – it can’t rest in the pages of The Aspen Times or we’ll wake up and the mountains will be sold. Then what?Randall DaySnowmass


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