Trump’s pardon was based on lobbying by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden who characterized the Hammonds as “responsible ranchers” and portrayed them as victims of government overreach.
Walden sought to minimize the multiple crimes the Hammonds have committed by suggesting they had merely burned a bit more than a hundred acres of public land, something that he tried to compare to normal everyday range management by federal agencies. So what’s the problem? The problem is that Walden is ignoring decades of violations committed by the Hammonds.--GW
The real story of Walden's ranchers.
Walden's blathering, tear-stained, pathetic drivel (warning: it's dull and long and, finally, an embarrassment to anyone with good sense).
The historical context of the Hammond debate.
The dismantling of public lands is in full bloom, and you can thank this Oregon shill for Trump and the minerals-extraction industry.
It's gonna get ugly, folks, as scarred as the Alberta Tar Sands.