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This Land Was Your Land: Federal agencies have been captured by the very industries they should be regulating.

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 Journey across the B.L.M.& Forest Service domain today & you’ll find no shortage of uses that look more like abuses, thanks to protocols set by complicit federal regulators, who are overseeing public land for its tacit privatization — land that we might as well declare public in name only.  Oil and gas fields blight the deserts and steppe. Coal, copper, silver and gold mines stab into cliffs and mountains. Forests are felled for timber interests, grasslands are overgrazed for the benefit of cattlemen. The result is ecological impoverishment, biotic simplification and a widespread collapse of biodiversity. Among the lyrics that never made it to radio when Woody Guthrie released “This Land Is Your Land:”  “The sign was painted, said ‘Private Property’ / But on the backside, it didn’t say nothing / This land was made for you and me.' "

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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