At the Public Lands Rally on February 12 one of the speakers was Pat Kilroy, Boise, Vice President of the Ted Trueblood Chapter. Here is what Pat had to say:
I’m here representing myself. The opinions I share are my own.
I’ve been asked to offer a perspective on this issue from a veteran’s perspective which I’m glad to do. I have two points to share.
First, the lands of the United States of America are a birthright. So, regardless of what state you call home and regardless of whether you hunt or fish they belong to all of us.
But, I believe that few groups have earned the right to enjoy those lands more than our service men and women. Those that I served with hailed from each and every state and territory: Maine, Florida and Hawaii, Puerto Rico… and others chose to serve as a means to obtain U.S. citizenship – each should have the same rights you & I have to enjoy United States lands in Idaho. Why would certain interests seek to disenfranchise them of that which they have defended? In a state as patriotic as Idaho, I don’t think that is a question that should be casually dismissed.
Which leads me to my second point. What’s the problem that needs to be solved by those seeking to wrest control of these lands from the citizens of the United States? What is not working today that needs to be fixed? In all the legislative literature and statements I’ve seen thus far, that rationale has yet to be fully and comprehensively explained.
Today’s complex problems need comprehensive solutions – and perhaps this is one of those kinds of complex problems. Idaho has both a good reputation and provides a terrific example of how Federal, State, local and individual interests (and politics) can be considered, represented and addressed: I’m referring to the Clearwater Collaborative. I’ll not comment further as there are others more qualified to speak of its many attributes and contributions like Scott Stouder. But, perhaps this is a candidate for a collaborative rather than some other political or interest group venue.