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Letter: Schwartz for public lands

In the political contest between incumbent Scott Tipton and challenger Gail Schwartz, the issue of who best will protect our federal public lands is becoming one of the most critical. Gail Schwartz’s campaign has pointed to the myriad bills Scott Tipton has either authored or supported that pose a critical threat to the public lands we all take for granted here on the Western Slope. Tipton’s campaign has attempted to dodge or whitewash the issue, with supporters and surrogates denying any anti-public lands votes.

A simple Google search can clear things up quickly. For the entirety of Rep. Tipton’s congressional career, he has consistently voted for any legislation that would enable the states to assume control of federal lands. Check out his score and the specifics at the League of Conservation Voters website. His record is overwhelmingly anti-environmental and anti-public lands.

Furthermore, the Republican platform explicitly states “Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing for a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to states.” It’s right there for anybody to read and it’s pretty darned clear in its message. Does anybody believe that Scott Tipton will defy his party and vote differently in the future?

Given his willingness to ignore the input of locals in our district concerning the Thompson Divide, and his willingness to carry the water for a Texas energy company (who, unsurprisingly, is his biggest campaign contributor), I doubt it.

Bob Shettel
Carbondale


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