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Dear councilmen and councilwomen of Moab city and Grand County,

Let’s join together to honor a man who is part of this region’s settlement history by changing the name of the place where he lived to Grandstaff Canyon. Language has subjective meaning and therefore word choices have power to shape attitudes and responses. We will also thus honor ourselves, and our community, by recognizing that racial and cultural slurs, epithets, and charged ‘nicknames’ serve only to dehumanize people and perpetuate stereotypes and reflect poorly on the community.

Let’s move forward together to support a positive name change for the canyon. With respect,

—Pam Hackley and Bob Lippman

Castle Valley

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