NWA editorial: Drilling for money
It's way too early to know whether H.R. 5170 by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman will become a piece of legislation worth supporting, but the argument the Hot Springs congressman makes for its need makes sense.
Westerman a week ago introduced the Federal Lands Investment Partnership Act. As all congressmen want their bills to draw attention and be remembered, titles always get shortened, and this one will be referred to as the FLIP Act.
We certainly give a flip about public lands belonging to the American people and entrusted to the care of our federal government. As valuable as it is to remain mindful of the availability of unique lands worth of federal protection, there's also something to be said for taking care of the land we've got. And we, as a nation, are not getting it done.