McDonalds offers starting jobs at $12 an hour. Aren’t those jobs preferable to $7.50 an hour in the cities? Those critics also ignore that Moab offers many lucrative opportunities for anyone with ambition, creativity or technical and professional skills.
Jim Stiles sees a sinister alliance between environmental groups and tourist businesses, but those groups have very different agendas. They work together for common causes (Bears Ears National Monument) but oppose each other on many issues, for example, the recent disagreement over TRT money, which caused Chris Baird to resign from the county council.
Most environmentalists wanted more TRT money to be used for easing tourist impacts but tourist businesses were strongly opposed. Asking environmental groups not to accept money from tourist groups is like asking Utah politicians not to accept money from money from mining or agricultural groups.
Moab’s success as a tourist town does nothing to destroy the rural way of life, but provides new opportunities for rural people who choose to take advantage of them.
—Ed Brandstetter Moab