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Grumpy 08-02-2013 11:43 AM

Some comments...
A short note to U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings' District Director, Barb Lisk:


Got a call from Doc's phone Town Hall last night! Was cool to be asked to join the conversation, but, as seems to always be the case, I had to run to other duties...

My main question was going to be, again, on the "sue and settle" situation with various land "management" agencies. With this bladderpod silliness popping up here, I'm hoping a few more folks around the area start getting a clue as to just what is going on! What I would like to see is all of this get kicked to the curb so we can get some reality and logic back in the conversation and do it right. The "green" bunch's use of ESA as a weapon of intimidation has to come to a stop!

Another issue I am really getting annoyed with is the abuse of the Equal Justice act! Talk about getting twisted beyond recognition! My money going to a bunch of self entitled (insert descriptive phrase of choice) who sue the feds to get their way needs to be put to an end. The USFS doesn't have enough money properly do their job, but have money to pay CBD's legal fees?!

I am also going to call foul on .org groups like the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy getting grants from taxpayer money, then using it to buy land that has been historically open to many uses, then closing off access to those who have used that ground! A glaring example is Independence Lake in northern California. I would very much like some comment on this.

As always, you have an open invitation to join us for a meeting or any of our activities, and that does include Doc! We would enjoy having you along.


Dave Walters
Tri Cities Peak Putters 4x4 Club
Land Use Coordinator
Kennewick, WA

Grumpy 08-06-2013 12:23 PM

Well, seems my little tome as gotten some interest. Tim Kovis, Assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, has invited me for a meeting Thursday morning here in the Tri Cities. At this time, it looks like Lee Retterer, Peak Putters President, and I will be the victims. Earl and Sande are out of town, but will be kept in the loop as their time allows...

Art Waugh 08-06-2013 03:21 PM

Since it is house committee, here is another item from the folks down here.

Just tell them to follow the law from 1937 on the O&C lands in Oregon. Was set up for sustainable yield back then and worked until the eco-wacks got their fingers in it. Now Our 2 senators and rep deFazio want to lock up 1/2 in wilderness and lease out the other 1/2 for production, with no guarantees for harvest.

Grumpy 08-07-2013 11:38 AM

Art, I do watch that some, as that's smack in the middle of where I grew up! I'll stick that in the conversation in the morning, along with the Dunes, as that whole deal really hits home for me...

Grumpy 08-08-2013 01:00 PM

We got O&C worked in, and Tim kind of shook his head and said that, yeah, he's aware of it and there is some conversation going on.

Art Waugh 08-09-2013 07:34 AM

'Preciate it, thanks.

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