Economic bullying...
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I have been disappointed to learn of the use of economic threats and boycotts to punish local business owners for their political beliefs. I was forced out of my job here in Moab 20-plus years ago as a result of speaking out on wilderness and local politics and note that some of the same people who punished me economically for my politics are still at it.

How sad that folks are still using economic bullying to punish people with whom they do not agree.

There is ample research demonstrating that western communities’ economic health is enhanced by nearby wild lands, national parks and monuments. This evidence may not convince everyone. It does, however, prove that differing beliefs about whether or not a new Canyonlands National Monument is in our long-term best interest are a matter on which honest people can disagree.

It does not serve our community or our future to treat those with whom we disagree as the enemy, even when we think them dead wrong. Efforts to make local businesses less successful cannot be good for our future.

—Bob Greenberg


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