Letter to the Editor: Ill Advised
The ill advised resolution unanimously passed by the Carbon County commissioners concerning law enforcement powers, roads and state acquisition of federal lands drew the attention of Paul Rolly, widely read columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune. Rolly ridiculed the action, saying the county now joins LaVerkin in the tin foil hat world. LaVerkin is the southern Utah community, famous or infamous, for extremist resolutions such as banning the United Nations from the community and another calling for every household in the community to be equipped with a firearm.
As for law enforcement powers, calling for federal officials to first declare to the county sheriff of any intention to exercise law enforcement in the county is outlandish. A retired Bureau of Land Management official summed up the situation fairly well when he stated: "I worked in recreation on BML lands for many years. Little did I know that if I found a person pinned under a burning ATV, I was to stand down and request county permission to intervene".
As for the attempt by many in Utah to take over the federal lands by the state, I hope that our commissioners are not planning on spending county funds on this futile endeavor. In my estimation the wearing of tin foil hats to begin their last commission meeting was a childish display that was uncalled for.
In all my dreams I never thought I would see the day when our county would be classified with the extremists of the community of LaVerkin.