Does anyone else feel disgust when reading the story about Vern Crites (Artifact price setter pleads guilty, Herald, March 10)? I, for one, shake my head and wonder how different life would be for Vern and his family, not to mention the suicide seekers, if the money we have spent to sustain another federal boondoggle had been left in the pockets of the citizens.
What did it cost, anyway, to run this sting operation and steal Verns personal treasures? You dont really want to know, and they arent going to tell us. For hundreds of years in America, anybody could roam the West and pick up or dig for native artifacts and put them in display cases or trade them for food or money.
Now we are trading that freedom for the fuzzy feeling we get when we know our beloved government is watching out for criminals with pots and baskets. It makes me feel so safe.
I thought the Constitution guaranteed our right to the pursuit of happiness. More and more it seems that the Constitution is used as scrap paper for bureaucrats to sketch out their plans for total control.
This seems like one of those federal agencies that the tea party folks ought to defund. Take the millions of dollars we save and either leave it in our pockets or put it into a cause that actually benefits American citizens. If we care to look at the truth, we will find hundreds of examples of this kind of government waste and abuse at every level and in every field, consuming hundreds of billions of dollars.
And now we are at the tipping point. Our government has grown larger and more powerful than the private sector and is inventing ways to nourish its own growth. One sector grows, the other shrinks.
Thankfully, the ability to correct this trend still lies in the hands of informed voters. Maybe someday we can even go out for a walk in our public lands and pick up some arrowheads. They are our lands not the federal governments. Right?
Marc Rosenbaum, Ignacio