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Don’t allow dollar to rule head

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Bill Barton (Readers' Forum, Feb. 14) says he is encouraged by the Bush administration's intent to expand sales of BLM and national forest lands because private ownership would bring more sales and income tax. He says he expects "environmental groups" to squeal about it.

Well, I'm not an environmentalist. I am just an average guy who loves to camp and hike and explore on public lands. And I feel public lands should remains just that: public.

We have created too many problems in this country because we allow the dollar to rule our heads.

Fred Ash