The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Ledger Publisher 

Editorial: Bill withdrawn after rightful public outcry


February 8, 2017

The great thing about living in a democracy is people really do have a say. Last week was a perfect example of this both locally and on a national level.

United States Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a bill (HR-621) that would have sold 3.3 million acres of federal land, some of which included Montana as well as neighboring states Wyoming and Idaho. It did not take long for the word of the bill to spread, and there was immediate outrage from outdoor lovers from around the Western United States. The outrage was so severe that Chaffetz quickly withdrew the bill.

He had...

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