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The Adams County Record Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Page 3 Guest editorial ]ditor's view is misinformed BY VIKI PuRDY, NEw I]EADOrN My Comments are in response to Dale Fisk's editorial on The Forest Service last week. First of all there is no such thing as Public land in Idaho; it is Federal land, owned and operated by the federal government at the expense of Idahoans. Public is just a term used to make us all feel like we have ownership. Ownership would mean we have some control, and we do not. Perhaps Mr. Fisk takes our federal land for granted but I do not. I very much enjoy access to those lands even though our access continues to dwindle on a daily basis. One day a road is open and the next it is barri- caded shut. In one sentence Mr. Fisk states that federal land is managed by federal agen- cies which abide by federal laws and in the next he says that/.hey are not to blame for their decisions. So who is to blame for "their "let it burn policy?" It's their policy, right? Our federal lands are misman- aged and controlled by Washington Bureaucrats at the expense of our rural communities and schools. They can't explain why they let it burn and spend millions to watch it burn because there is no reasonable explanation. Federal fire policy is exact- ly like Obamacare, fraught with layer upon layer of regulations that are coun- terproductive but that we pay for. It is a dismal fail- ure and we have accepted it for decades. As the let it burn policy continues year after year we watch the destruction of wildlife that is burned to death, air quality destroyed by millions of tons of green house gasses created by burning timber, our water sheds destroyed by mud and debris, our timber stands burned and left on sterile ground to rot. Private industry would be prosecuted for such criminal destruction of our environment. The federal government is controlling our resources and control- ling us and we allow it. Your faith in the Payette Forest Coalition is a pipe dream. They have some good projects but the envi- ronmentalist won't let it go too far because if they can't sue the Forest Service they lose their income source and they can't have that. It's not about manage- ment it's about control and money. The National Association of Forest Service Retirees states "we believe that the current fire management situation in many of our National Forests, from the stand- point of natural resources, community welfare, eco- nomics and general stew- ardship is unsustainableY To those who say Idaho can't manage the resource, that is nonsense, we can do anything we set our minds to. Idaho citizens are every bit as capable of managing our resourc- es as the 37 other states that got control of their federal lands decades ago. NO ONE advocates selling our federal lands, they are much more valuable to us properly managed. That is another lie perpetuated by environmentalists. The Forest Service, in its present state, is not important to our economy. What is important to our economy is a healthy well- managed resource. Idaho is a natural resource state, and proper management of those resources is vital to end our dependency on the federal government. ObituaLy Gloria Elena Burgess December 13, 1934 - November 29, 2013 Gloria Elena Burgess was born in Los Angeles to Evangeline & Andrew Lopez. She grew up in Trona, California. As the eldest girl of nine children, much of the caring for siblings was her responsibility. She left home at the age of 18. Gloria raised three children all on her own in the San Fernando Valley of California. She relocated to Prospect, Oregon in 1973. Her whole life revolved around her children; all she ever wanted "Bois, "Oal&t 1 MONUMENT C() 5SXVG t=EO & ZASTZFff' OgO CALDWELL 454-9532 BOISE 343-0471 was to be a mother and friend to them. Later, she would be a grandmother to 8 grandchildren. Her grandchildren will tell you that she was the best grandmother ever. She had a special way of making each one feel like they were her favorite. Gloria loved to garden, and would plant enough vegetables to share with all her neighbors and friends. Being very creative, her hobbies were drawing, painting, sewing, and crocheting. In her later years, she would crochet baby blankets for the newborn babies in her church. She enjoyed giving the blankets to the new mothers anonymously, but everyone knew that it was Gloria who was making the blankets. Gloria married Benjamin Burgess in 1985. It was Ben who cared for Gloria during the last 14 years of her life while she endured cancer, and later kidney failure. Her faith in her Lord never wavered, and if you asked her how she was, she would always answer, "I'm Blessed:' Gloria Elena Burgess went home to be with her Lord on November 29th, 2013. She leaves behind many friends whose lives will be forever changed, as was evident at her memorial at the Mountain Life Church in McCall on December 14th. She also leaves behind her husband, Ben, of New Meadows, her daughters Laura Perkins of Council, Vanessa Meskimen of Helena, Montana, and a son Michael McPhee of Medford, Oregon. Gloria was a very giving person and she will be greatly missed. Her family would like to thank the Mountain Life Church for all that they have done during this difficult time. [ 431 East lsll Street "Pump & Motor Service "Fast lsl & Cowl) InslaUalion Service / THOMASON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Fnily Owned and Operated Burial Services - Cremation Services - Pre.planning Options . Monuments 221 E Court St Weiser, ID 83672 (208) 414-1234 mzw, Lienkaemper-Thomason.com ]PII|$1Z B|| Mon" Thur |lP||ltt 7 AM to 8 PM iIViilT Fri 'i Sat 7 AM to 9 PM I[|DT g ......... ' Sunday |TIINtD&YI 8 AM to 9. PM 180 S. 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