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Editorial: Take the land


We find the Borough Assembly’s opposition to H.R. 232 to transfer up to 2-million acres of the Tongass National Forest to the State of Alaska very short sighted.

According to their Resolution #2017-07 they would trade shrinking numbers of government jobs, dwindling federal handouts in the form of Payments in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools funding for the opportunity to move acres of federal land into State ownership.

Make no mistake. Government is a poor landlord. But with the transfer of Federal land into State hands, the landlord moves closer to the citizens, who can better infl...

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