A television commercial in frequent rotation these days shows masked robbers smashing into a bank lobby.
Circle of Chiefs
We in the Circle of Chiefs write regularly in OU about threats: to our clean air and water, to our public lands, to our endangered species. My message concerns a far more immediate and deadly threat, the potential destruction of our free press, our First Amendment rights and ultimately, our democracy and way of life.
It was supposed to be for the common man. That’s what Thomas Jefferson thought when he forged the deal that made the 800,000 square miles of Louisiana Territory the property of the United States. “The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on,” he wrote to James Madison in 1785. “The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.”
Anyone who hunts in the southern and western parts of Minnesota knows there are two types of public land ownership — those acquired by the Duck Stamp and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as waterfowl production areas, and those purchased by similar state stamps or other Minnesota funding that are managed as state wildlife management areas by the Department of Natural Resources.