Some good news from NC-11

Shuler opposes Bush plan to sell forest land

Amen.

As the Citizen-Times reports...

"(Congressman Shuler) is absolutely opposed to the sale of national forest lands in the 11th District and across North Carolina,” Shuler spokesman Andrew Whalen said. ...when things get tight around the house, you don’t sell off the front yard."
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Let me repeat that....

"(Congressman Shuler) is absolutely opposed to the sale of national forest lands in the 11th District and across North Carolina,” Shuler spokesman Andrew Whalen said. ...when things get tight around the house, you don’t sell off the front yard."

Of course, the GOP tried to make the land grab, er, sale go over with the canard that it would benefit schools, yadda, yadda.

I mean I know they have pulled wool over the eyes of mountain people before, but it seems we have learned a bit from their previous games. Rural electrification, lakes for recreation, re-forestation after strip mining. The list goes on and on.

But it looks like Heath ain't buying.

Good on ya, Mr. Congressman. Keep up the good work.

And don't sell off the front yard. The side yard. Or the back yard. The greed heads already have enough of this area.

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Good news

Keep the forests. Our grandchildren will want to walk in them someday. Good on Shuler.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I read an article a while back

that said that the schools already benefit from these forests thru the logging industry. That was suppose to be a long-term contract. Selling the land off and giving the school a one time payment is sort or like giving a man a fish.....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Very good news

I'm sure they'd like to breathe, too!

War is over if you want it.

We had a big time

When this idea first came up. Rep. Charles Taylor wouldn't give a straight answer.

After some wheezing and flopping, Taylor chose to oppose the sale too.

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And don't forget

That property values in the mountains have skyrocketed over the past few years. My dad told me there is a development going in over by the Capt. T. Sandlin bridge where the minimum buy-in is seven figures (although when the TVA drains Fontana in the fall/winter, it's a really nasty looking view). So there is money to be made, just not what the Feds (and logging industry) hoped for. I always enjoy watching the big guns shoot at each other.

The only reason values have skyrocked

is that there are greedhead scum willing to pay those prices on the hope of greater return.

Speculation, in other words.

This system has failed spectacularly in this area before, and most likely will again.