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Letter to the editor: Get involved

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By JOAN POWELL,Wellington


My husband Gary and I attended a local meeting in Emery County a couple of weeks ago. It was for the purpose of Emery County presenting their ideas towards their own wilderness bill, like Washington County did. This was done as opposed to having SUWA and associates presenting their views, and their views only. We already know and feel the effects of their ideas. And I dare say, we do not like it, or agree with it.

The big question, however, is what are you doing about it? There were 28 people in attendance at the meeting. And I would dare say, there were more people from outside of the Emery County area than there were from within it. I'm sure many people in the area are thinking, we go again. This public lands battle will never end; I repeat, never end. We will always be battling for what is right. USA-ALL was there. At Your Leisure (TV show) was there. Even four gentlemen from Cache County were there. That was almost a quarter of the people that were there.

What does that tell you?

You do have another chance for another meeting on August 12.

Gary and I went to Family Home Evening the other night. Our lesson for the night was, What Happened to the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence after they had the courage to stand up for what they thought was right. It was an eye opener. It was presented by Rush Limbaugh, Jr. I would like to quote a couple of things from that lesson.

"Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war.. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons, or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost all they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact."

There is no more profound sentence that this. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

I know we are experiencing more and more elimination of our rights. We are coming slowly, but surely, to a point of a complete take over. We can do something about this. It involves more than just sitting in our air-conditioned homes, watching the big screen T.V.'s we all own. It means giving of your time and means we need to fight back against the people who will not stop at trying to find ways to eliminate freedoms, we used to enjoy.

We've had a great number of people who are sacrificing their personal time and a lot of their own money to fight for what is right. Are you amongst them? Or are you the whiners, always thinking it's a sinking ship and can't do anything to help. Well, you can. But you have to have a burning desire to do so.

First of all you can go to this next meeting in Emery County. If those men from Cache Valley can come, if At Your Leisure can come, and USA-All can come, and express their desires to keep things open, you can certainly make it.

The next big thing I wanted to passionately encourage people to do is to attend the rally in Salt Lake City on August 8 concerning keeping lands open. We have a chance to be a part of history for Utah by just being there. I know there are weddings, family reunions, class reunions, etc., that are going on. But for a few hours, for one day, you may just be the numbers needed to turn the wilderness thing around and send a message to Washington D.C., and our elected officials, that we really care about Utah and our future. We may not see the fruits of our labors tomorrow; it may not happen for years, but it can happen. But we need you to come. We need you to bring your families because it's their future too. Bring your machines, i.e. 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, etc. Bring your back-hoes, trackhoes, company vehicles, whatever. Or maybe, just bring yourselves, and your families and friends. This one is really important.

I took one half hour to write this piece. Do you think you can give me one day of your life for this rally? You can help yourself, your posterity, and your state by doing so?

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