Trump and his cronies...
Dec 07, 2017 | 179 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three years ago, I had never heard of Bears Ears. Today, it’s all I can think about. Last weekend, my wife and I drove to Salt Lake City to participate in the pre-emptive rally against Trump’s expected rescinding of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Impassioned, intelligent and compassionate people surrounded us. We listened to speakers ranging from a precocious and enlightened 10-year-old from Hawaii to a prayerful Navajo elder. We watched Native American dancers. It was an amazing, uplifting event.

This morning I forced myself to listen to Trump speak at the Utah State Capitol in front of a handpicked crowd of supporters. Thankfully, it was over quickly. The contrast to the public rally on Saturday was stark and overwhelming. Trump performed like a master of ceremonies at the opening of a new strip mall. He used an amazingly twisted logic to explain himself, saying, “We have to remove protection in order to protect.” He even invited Sen. Mike Lee to say a few words. Remember how Lee campaigned against candidate Trump?

Trump lied, saying he is opening the land back up to the public and giving us access to our own lands. In reality, this access was never taken away. But he didn’t mention the real reason for shrinking the Monuments — oil, gas, coal and timber extraction.

Why won’t Trump and his oil and gas supporters ever come out and speak the truth? If they are so proud of their ability to “Make America Great Again” by exploiting the natural resources of our lands, why won’t they come out and say it? Now, the legal fight over our monuments has begun. Native American and environmental groups have already filed lawsuits against Trump. We need to do everything we can to help with this fight. If Trump and his cronies get away with rescinding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, where will they stop? The Grand Canyon? Yellowstone?

Pick a group to join and support: Native American Rights Fund, Canyon Country Rising Tide, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council or the Wilderness Society. Don’t just sit there thinking somebody else will do this for us — we all have to fight back against the greed and corruption that is killing our planet.

—Harry Holland

Castle Valley

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.