In regard to the various environmental arguments, pro and con, I believe it would be wise if all concerned would look at several basic points. There was a letter published on the Dec. 15 edition of the Deseret News referring to Article IV, Section 3, referring to federal control of lands within state boundaries after the establishing of such a state, saying that the federal government could still have control over certain of those lands. Please read that again. Not so.
Another letter on the same day, I believe, referred to "unregulated" use of federal lands within the states. This author apparently was mixed up in relation to the Constitution also.There are so many confusions regarding the state and federal land jurisdictions described in our Constitution, as well as many other points of interest, I would like to suggest that the Deseret News publish the Constitution as a special edition supplement, with a table of contents and a brief index, for the use of the subscribers. The Constitution was written so it could be easily and properly understood by the common people, and this deliberately.
Then, as the Deseret News editorial writers refer to these subjects, they could make reference to the Constitution so our public can understand what is what and which is which.
The media seldom mention the Constitution nor, especially, the relationship of political action by specific politicians to the basic constitutional positions regarding such actions.
Theodore G. Caughey