Everybody can understand in theory the need for budget cuts, though few want to see them applied in ways that affect them directly. Even so, being told in advance that funds won’t be available for a program or line item gives people time to regroup and go to Plan B. Or to learn how to do without. But that isn’t the case with $438,600 the U.S. Forest Service distributed three months ago to Douglas County. Or, for that matter, the $17.9 million the Forest Service paid to 41 states and Puerto Rico as compensation for federal policies that interfere with …
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