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The concept of granting lands for the support of education is intricately embedded throughout the history of America. In 1785, prior to passage of the U.S. Constitution, the Continental Congress reserved one square mile out of every 36 square-mile township “for the maintenance of public schools” (Not for Gov. Gary Herbert or the environmentalists’ discretion) Beginning in 1850, two square miles were granted. The lands were granted in trust.

In each state constitution, states accepted the responsibilities of trustee, requiring the states to act with UNDIVIDED LOYALTY IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE SCHOOLS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS THAT ALSO RECEIVED LANDS. Proceeds from the lands were to be placed in permanent funds, the interest of which was only to support the schools. These lands were not a gift since each state was required to give up the right to tax federal lands in exchange for the lands.

The state School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) was set aside for our schools to basically make money for itself by leasing its land to industry. Roadless areas in SITLA lands don’t pay teachers’ wages or buy our children books. SITLA was set aside to manage its own land as needed for the schools needs, not the needs of the governor or environmental influences.

These lands are to produce funding for our schools, not to be shut down so nobody can use them, or make a pork belly governor and his green comrades fill each others’ pockets.

We the people own this land. Help me fire Gov. Gary Herbert for the sake of our schools.

—Joshua Shumway

Moab

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