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Deseret News editorial
Officially, it's called the Utah Public Lands Initiative, but it's more commonly referred to as "Bishop's public lands initiative," in deference to championing Rep. Rob Bishop. The Utah congressman also is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.
Now in its second year, the initiative continues to carry an oft-heard tag.
Published: Sat, June 28
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A proposal to expand Utah's Goblin Valley State Park to include federal lands already heavily used for recreation is a sound and sensible idea that deserves serious consideration. Ideally, it would come to fruition as part of a "grand bargain" process underway to settle land-use disputes in seven Utah counties.
Congress returns to work this week having finally passed a budget compromise bill just before the holiday break. By definition compromises are not perfect, but this one was better than the alternative of doing nothing, which would have led to more automatic cuts to our military and another government shutdown.
Though not specifically named in the document, the principles of "separation of power" and of "Federalism" were designed to insure individual liberty.
By Rep. Rob Bishop
The United States stands at the threshold of the long elusive goal of energy independence and renewed economic strength. America has vast oil and gas reserves waiting to be unleashed, but access to those resources-and the jobs they will bring-are being stonewalled by the Obama Administration.
TRIBUTE TO THE FLAG