Letter to the Editor for Oct. 30, 2013

By Baker City Herald readers October 30, 2013 08:19 am

Federal policies threaten Baker County’s economy

As if destroying the timber industry a few decades ago through its bogus science protection of the spotted owl was not harmful enough, the federal government is on the verge of administering a death blow to many ranchers in our western states. Worst case, that will include the state of Oregon and our county of Baker. Once again prostrating themselves on the altar of junk science our federal “partners” now propose to close off literally millions of acres of grazing land in order to protect the sage grouse. I’m not a rancher but many of my good friends are.  They depend on grazing allotments on federal land for their livestock.  Much of that federal land, some here in our county, has been labeled sage grouse habitat.

 So focused are the misguided feds on implementing the UN’s Agenda 21 that they intentionally ignore the numerous studies conducted by reputable scientists that show, clearly, that sage grouse actually thrive on properly managed grazed land. But, no, to the feds ranchers are the enemy of the clean environment they allegedly are so committed to “protecting.” The federal government, though you certainly couldn’t tell it by watching the current administration, exists to promote the “common good.” Last time I checked producing livestock for the marketplace, and doing so in the responsible manner typical of Baker County ranchers, is a huge chunk of the common good in our region.  

 The federal government is out of hand. Closing public access to the public’s land, and now recommending the closure of public land to responsible grazing are but two of the many steps this administration is taking to collapse our economy and force socialism upon us. If that happens we will be nothing better than a third world country which, I suppose, will make the current occupier of the White House very happy.  Wake up people before it is too late if not for us then for our children and grandchildren. Vote out the current, rotten crop in Congress and replace them with real Americans.

Jerry Boyd

Baker City