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Sen. Jennifer Fielder and others are proposing the individual states take over the ownership and management of our federal lands in their respective state. Actually, that's a very good idea and it should have been done long ago. Why? Local is always way better for the people to control than Washington, D.C., is.

Local is not subject to the pressures and bureaucrats that engulf Washington, D.C. Local means doing the job with less, and more efficiently. Could Washington, D.C., be forced to sell our federal lands to the highest bidder someday to "balance the books"? Washington, D.C., owes trillions and is growing every day. Montana doesn't owe anything.

Which government would you prefer to hold "your land" in trust for you and your kids? The one going broke or the one who doesn't owe a penny? We'd be better off with Montana owning and managing our federal lands.

David S. Bennett,

Thompson Falls

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