The either/or definition is ultra important today. In 1872 our relatives needed to be protected from unreasonable interference by anti-mining factions in America. Act or law needs to be defined by our highest court. It isn't a matter of erasing or changing it's meaning when enacted in 1872.......it's about ensuring miners' viability in an ever changing society. We miners require protection.
"Rules, laws and acts are a necessary part of a society. In order to ensure the smooth running of the society, it is important that everyone knows what a person can do and cannot do. It helps everyone be treated as the same under the law. The laws and rules ensure that each individual must follow a set of guidelines and if/she ends up breaking any of those rules they must accept the consequences no matter their social standing or position. Acts and laws are actually more connected and can be considered as the same thing. However, some people may argue that they are different. Acts are what give birth to laws. Confused?"
We feel that the 1872 Mining Act is at this moment being tested in real time. The need in 1872 was no less important than now. The total value of the 1872 act has grown to be the essence of forward thinking. I can't imagine what our small-scale opportunities will evolve into if we trash the original 1872 act/law.
I believe miners can prosper if the 1872 protective measures are respected.