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Page 2 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 be seen in the national news; the road issue is but a microcosm. Roads are essential elements of commerce, eliminating them from the Payette Forest could control that element. More pointedly, there would be no tim- ber harvest or manage- ment capability of other resources without them. That is a goal for some in the environmental community. For Adams County timber harvest and ranching are major life-blood elements. Closing roads plus the cost, especially by oblit- eration, is a major con- cem that all citizens should continue to have very substantive discus- sions about with the Forest Service. The arti- cles should help everyone in acquiring more infor- mation. In the future several article items need subjec- tion to a reasoned smell test. 1?.on HavwiLton, cabrLd9 (Hamilton is Chairman of the Adams County Natural Resources Committee) Natural selection serves a purpose Dear Editor, I was very impressed with Mike Paradis and his willingness to lend a couple of visitors a "very large" helping hand after they managed to get their vehicle stuck in the East Fork drainage. It certainly sounds as though Mike went way out of his way to give these two men assis- tance. I can only imag- ine how many hours (and gallons of gas) it must have taken Mike to com- plete this rescue mission. However, it also sounds as though these two individuals used little (or no) common sense in attempting to take this route while deep snow '6i'ed the 'i-oadway, As the article mentioned these men were from Coeur d'Alene, an area known to get snow, and should have known bet- ter than to try such a foolish undertaking and to try it with no provi- sions to Support them- selves. 1 know that we live in a society that values human lives and we are taught to help our neigh- bors whenever the oppor- tunity arises. However, by not allowing the process of natural selection (only the strongest, smart- est, fastest are able to survive and thus repro- duce) to occur we will continue to have a popu- lation in which all genes are allowed to be passed on from one generation to the next. Over time, this will have the effect of actually making our species weaker, dumber and slower. In many trib- al environments young males were required to perform rather danger- ous feats to prove their ability to survive before becoming men and there- fore able to marry and bear offspring. Of course not all of the young males survived this "ini- tiation" process and this resulted in the elimina- tion of their genes from the species' gene pool. Since the article in last week's edition didn't mention the age of these two men I can not specu- late whether they have already been able to reproduce or not. If they were still relatively young then their genes are still in the population and could possibly be passed on to future generations resulting in humans with less than a full helping of common sense. These men were indeed rescued, but at what cost to the human race? 5tev cobb, Concll Wilderness/Roadless bill misinformation Dear Editor, There is a lot of misin- formation being bantered about concerning H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011. Contrary to what opponents may have you believe, the bill -- whic h is now;being considered in Congress -- wouldn't open 43 n. !!in acres of public land to interests that would deci- mate it. The bill would merely allow federal land managers to re-evaluate the 43 million acres of public land in question to determine what uses, ff any, should be allowed, with input from the local community. Make the difference VOTE Ryan ZOLLMAN Adams County Sheriff Experience with Integrity & Honesty Paid for by Ryan Zollman for Sheriff, R.Kilborn, Treasurer 7 RIVERS LIVESTOCK COMMISSION 1611 W. Salesyard Rd. Office: 208-365-4401 Emmett, Idaho 83617 7rivers@qwestoffice.net Sale Day Tuesday at Noon Road issue is political Dear Editor: Thank you for explor- ing the mystical mine- field of roads on the Payette National Forest. Roads provide the public the ability to more easily access and use the myr- iad resources public gen- eral Forest lands provide. Your article illustrates that few decisions are actually under control of the local Forest Service managers; they simply execute them. Numerous laws and policies control their latitude, a 4 pound Forest Land Management Plan implements them, but has some latitude for roads. Not discussed in the article was how much of the academic and researched materials are subject to much discus- sion and less than uni- versal agreement in the fields of science associat- ed with them. Several sci- entists with as much or more academic and field experience, compared to Forest Service exper- tise, are found in sur- rounding communities, many are members of the Adams County Natural Resources Committee. These and other local experts act as advisors to the Adams County Board of Commissioners, responding to questions, but more importantly providing review and evaluating programs and proposals from agencies managing state and fed- eral lands in the county. The 'review and evalua- tions are very vital in pre- serving the lifestyle and economic well being of the county's citizens. The effects of roads and their closure or management can seriously influence the economic well being of the county citizens. Roads for that reason are an issue that transcends he ie'ount'arid the state of Idah0. Road manage- ment is an issue Idaho's Congressional delegation spends a great deal of time dealing with. The road management issue on the National Forests, has had far less to do with actual effects than it has to do with political con- trol. Environmental poli- tics are messy, as can The Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act involves 6.7 million acres managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and on 36.1 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land that was evaluated for strict con- gressional Wilderness land-use designations. The federal agencies have determined the 43 million acres aren't suit- able for Wilderness des- ignation, which is one of the strictest forms of public land manage- ment. Yet because of var- ious laws and rules, they must continue to strictly manage the land as de facto Wilderness until Congress "releases" it for consideration for other possible uses. In fact, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) stat- ed in a hearing of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee that the bill doesn't dictate what will or won't happen on the released lands. Rather, he said, it returns man- agement to the respec- tive agencies using well- established criteria. It provides them the flexibility to manage our public lands for a multi- tude of activities, includ- ing responsible motor- ized recreation. BLM Director Robert Abbey and Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture, agreed. Sincerely, Wan Alla rd (Allard is Vice President for Government Relations at the American Motorcyclist Association and a former U.S. Senate and U.S. House member from Colorado.) Our government is in bed with big business Dear Editor, People are oten holTi- fled at the idea of limi t - ing tie"size d power of Federal agencies charged with protecting our safe- ty. The FDA is a perfect example. Why would we want to limit an agency The Adams County Record whose job it is to monitor our food and medicine? The answer is simple: they don't work for us. The FDA has become an extension of its corporate friends in Big Agra and Big Pharma, working fo protect their profit shares at the expense of our health and wellbeing. Raw milk is a perfect example. The FDA active- ly works to prevent the sale of raw milk and our tax dollars have been used to fund armed raids on raw milk producers. Is buying milk from a farmer something that warrants Federal agents with guns? Similar raids have been conducted against producers of elderberry juice for mak- ing health claims that are not approved by the FDA and, therefore, con- sidered dangerous. We are told that this is all about our safety. However, it seems appar- ent that this behav- ior has more to do with protecting the cash flow into select corporations than it does with keep- ing us safe. True food and health "freedom" is a threat to the status quo that wants us to buy our food Genetically Modified (and patented) by Monsanto and our medicine (also patented) from Pfizer. The FDA protects these entities because there is a revolving door between the FDA and the organi- zations it is intended to monitor. The result is a hypocritical bureaucracy that "protects" us from raw milk and elderberry juice but promotes phar- maceutical drugs and genetically modified foods without critical examina- tion. These actions are based less on science or safety than on protect- ing the flow of money. The usual suspects prof- it while "we the people" become sicker and more dependent on a system that abuses us. I encourage everyone in our community to research : these issues. The actions of the FDA are analogous to many of the problems occur- ring throughout our Government. It isn't a left/right problem. It's a problem with the para- digm that runs our sys- tem of govemment and business. And it's a prob- lem we cannot fix until we see it clearly. La/ne FLsk forvv.erly of Cov.ncil, now at os. Luna plays politics with Idaho teachers Dear Editor, Yesterday's comments from Superintendent Tom Luna about JFAC's funding boost to schools and teachers is a bit of a flip flop. With the referendum on the 3 Luna laws loom- ing this fall, Mr. Luna is playing politics with Idaho teachers. He is backing off his stance to drastically reduce teacher salaries in order to fund laptops for every high school student and his pay-for-performance for- mula because he knows it is politically unpalat- able. Meanwhile, the leg- islature - with Luna doing nothing to public- ly oppose it - provides 36 million dollars of tax relief to corporations and the wealthiest Idahoans. While virtually every state office is underfund- ed, social services suffer from lack of funds, and schools are in desperate need - is this called lead- ership? Across the state school districts are forced to pass supplemental lev- ies and increase property taxes just to maintain the status quo. Teachers spend from their own meager incomes to pur- chase learning resources which the district can't afford, veteran teachers retire early or leave for adjoining states where quality in education is prized and responsible leadership . exists, class sizes escalate, teacher workloads increase, and electives like art and music are dropped from school curriculums. Idaho continues among the worst in graduation rates, post-secondary enrollments, and fund- ing. 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