Our public lands, about 253 million acres. A hungry dragon (our welfare system with about 50 million mouths to feed). Our public lands are like a rich gold mine with a big lock on it in the form of the Public Land Policy of 1976. Why can’t we change the land law so we can use some of this land for housing development and build a modest two- and three-bedroom home on a quarter-acre piece of land for anyone in the world who is honest and willing to work to make a new start? With two opposite situations lying in plain sight under our feet, let us use one to solve the other.
Dick Grigg, Nyssa, Ore.