In order to improve the health of Idaho forests, and allow rural families to "survive with dignity," it's time for the feds to get off the public lands, says state Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett.
The Challis Republican, a 20-year House veteran, says fires in Central Idaho are being "managed," but not extinguished. And let burn policies are at the root of the problem.
"'Burn, baby, burn' stupidity was a policy decision made in Washington being carried out by robotized professionals noticeably lacking in common sense, and with the consent of the governed.
"Bottom line? Natural resource production is the coin of the realm — no production, no coin. It is time Idaho dumped the federal carpetbaggers and took back her cash register. It can be done with leadership and consent of the governed — as soon as they wake up!"
Here is a link to Barrett's online-only guest opinion.