Dennis Gronquist

Stillwater

To the editor:

I always enjoy Ott Johnson’s letters to the editor. They are informative and well written on topics of interest to the voters. His latest “Forest fires vs. horned owls”, 11/29/18 was exceptional. But, there is more to this story that needs to be told.

Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican In Name Only, (RINO), convinced the congress to violate the federal property clause of the constitution by passing the Antiquities Act of 1906. This allowed the federal government to seize or accept vast amounts of “Public Property” from various states public ownership. Today the federal government now owns nearly 40 percent of the property, mostly in the western states.

The first question we should ask ourselves is this. Can a just government take public property for government benefit? I say, no. I have to agree with James Madison that it is not a just government that takes property for its own benefit. The tenth amendment of the constitution makes it clear that this property belongs to the people of the state where it resides. Why, should other citizens in other states have to pay for Bureau of Land Management and Forestry Services. The constitution has no authorization for any of these big government scams.