It makes my ‘ears’ hurt...
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The Antiquities Act of 1906 notes “… monuments should be limited to … the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects …” The objects being the items to be protected. Just as a point of discussion is it possible that perhaps Presidents Clinton and Obama for whatever reasons, without discussion, at the stroke of a pen, overreached and abused the spirit of the act when they locked up over three million acres of Utah?

It’s just a thought. Likewise, isn’t it possible that what one president can do with the stroke of a pen another president can undo? Although the undoing president at least contacted locals, sought discussion and interaction, something the previous presidents did not do. It’s just a thought. Last week’s edition of The Times-Independent included letters from individuals who were obviously distraught about the recent reduction of the monuments.

Shouldn’t their opinions be considered and evaluated based on the content of their concerns? It’s just a thought. However, among those letters were the following statements: “Trump lied ... ” followed by hyperbole, “Where will they stop (Trump and his cronies) The Grand Canyon? Yellowstone?” In a separate letter, the comment was made, “even as they (the arrogant and privileged oligarchy calling the shots right now in America) … even as they lie and squall like soiled and spoiled babies wanting their sister’s lollipop Bears Ears will be here …” The third letter was peppered with terms including: Horrified at illegal actions, “discrimination against natives and other non-whites,” “A betrayal to all Americans,” “Exacerbating global warming,” “their sham comment review period,” concluding with, “Trump’s action is racist, vindictive, damaging …”

So much virulence — and so little constructive criticism.

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal dated Dec. 6 stated the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance denounced the order as, “the single most harmful attack any president has ever launched on public lands.” The group claimed Trump acted, “at the behest of ideological extremists and dirty energy barons …” The article also noted that, “most of the two million newly undesignated acres are still public lands subject to rigorous federal and state protections.” The piece also stated that the administration, “increased Native American representation on the advisory Bears Ears Commission,” and that, “under the Shash Jaa and Indian Creek National Monuments Act, locals would administer and protect the former Bears Ears land with tribal representatives holding the majority vote.”

None of those items were mentioned in the letters to the editor. I wonder why? It’s just a thought.

—James A. Hofmann


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