to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
Letter to the Editor
I am respectful of the Nez Perce tribe’s right to protest; however
I struggle for an understanding as to why.
The mega loads are a source of economic stimulus for our region, providing
added employment and dollars infused into our local economies. Idaho
State Route 12 road was built for commerce, the very commerce that allows
disposable income for the many tourists to utilize the Nez Perce tribal
casinos and resorts.
The Nez Perce tribe collects the value of state gas
taxes at their pumps yet they do not contribute these dollars to the state
for the construction of roads and their maintenance. The Nez Perce tribe
also received $193,000,000.00 in the Nez Perce Snake River Basin
Adjudication agreement. These dollars came from taxes collected through
commerce; commerce the Nez Perce leadership wishes to halt.
Without commerce and industry you do not collect taxes. You do not
fund Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, workman’s compensation, unemployment
payments, food stamps and the many other social safety net and entitlements
programs funded through government transfer payments.
The FS does not have jurisdiction over a state highway even
though it goes through the national forest. The state has an easement and
therefore a legal entitlement to its right away. This is similar to the
right away my neighbors have through my property to access their property
and their utilities. I can in no way interfere with this legal right. Yes
I own the property, however they own the right away.
I support the Nez Perce and their ability to benefit from the free
exchange of commerce our form of government allows, however I am disappointed
they do not view this as a two way street.
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