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Private Land Belongs to Private Citizens

The recent comments by some of our government officials regarding the land use policy of a privately held company are frightening. I live in the United States of America and not in some communist country. In America the right to own personal property is foundational to who we are. And our economy, which is based on free enterprise, is one of the strongest in the world. When the State of Montana, as in it's Governor and a Senator, attempts to meddle in the affairs of its private citizens we should be outraged.

If you leave the front door of your home unlocked so that transients can come in from the cold - then I say bully for you. But when I buy your house I have every right to lock the doors. I may not be as nice as you, and you may not like me as a person, but it is still my house. And no politician had better come knocking on my front door telling me what I should do with my own home.

This privately owned lumber company may just continue with the open management style of the previous owner. Or they might post a “No Trespassing” sign on every single tree that they own. But no matter what they decide, our government officials should do only what they were elected to do. And this does not include trying to influence the behavior of private citizens.