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BLM process ignores public

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Part of the BLM's problem is that its processes are ill-suited to getting things done. Under the rubric of due process, Congress has required a series of public hearings and invitations for public comments. Unfortunately this system is pretty useless for finding out what the main body of the people thinks about issues. The only ones who attend these meetings and submit comments are activists, usually spouting the party line of whatever group has enlisted them.

It seems strange to me that the federal government gives so little credit to the processes which elect local and state representatives who generally represent their constituencies better than pressure groups who were never elected for anything.

Of course, these days, no matter what the BLM does will be second-guessed in courts anyway, which is very sad. The judicial branch is the least representative branch of our government. Federal judges serve for life or until resignation. They were never intended to set public policy. Yet more and more they are asked to divine the intent of Congress from vague and poorly written laws and review decisions of regulators who themselves are appointees, not elected representatives. I find it very sad to be relegated to watching from the sidelines, as the rights I have always enjoyed are batted about by those with the financial backing to file and defend lawsuits before judges who hear only the issues and evidence selected for them.

Allen S. Thorpe

Castle Dale