Repeal The Endangered Species Act

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Editor:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR3824 ("TESA"), which claims to make the Endangered Species Act more palatable by tacking on token reimbursement to private property owners ravaged by ESA activities, and condescending to more involvement of local governments.

This bill is now under review in the Senate as S.2110. These minuscule "improvements" are totally eradicated by the Congressional Section 24's survey requirement, and would be incapable of "fixing" this disastrous bill even without Section 24. All six Arizona Republican congressmen voted for this pathetic bill. Democrats were also against it.

ESA was a travesty when passed in 1973. In 33 years since its passage, a grand total of 1 percent of the 1,304 species listed as threatened or endangered have been deemed as "saved," and removed from the list, and only 6 percent are "improving."

As species protection, it is a species and financial disaster. However, it has been utilized by "environmentalist" radicals and the federal courts to accomplish its true purpose -- implementation of Karl Marx's first platform plank of eradication of private property.

Tacking token remedial elements onto ESA is like taking aspirin for a brain tumor. ESA cannot be "fixed."

It was unconstitutional at its original passage, and still is. Its unbridled trampling of private property rights, even to the point of deliberately doing destructive things to species to accomplish these property rights violations (cutting off water to the Klamath Basin farmers to fill a dam to protect an "endangered" fish that requires shallow water to survive, for example), can only be corrected by the current Congress having the courage, integrity, and concern for their constituents to repeal ESA by any and all catchy titles (TESA, CESA, or others) that may be utilized to camouflage its totally negative impacts.

One fact demonstrated numerous times during these past 33 years is that species invariably survive better on private property than on "public" lands mismanaged by federal bureaucrats and agencies. Congress should be encouraged to return species management to God and private property owners, where the task belongs and succeeds, by repealing ESA.

Terry L. Putnam, Young

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