Increase the discourse...
My name is Garon Coriz. I am a physician who supports Bears Ears National Monument. I am a descendant of the Anasazi, and also the great grandson of a former sheriff in Monticello who supported the creation of Canyonlands National Park. I have hunted, hiked and climbed in the Bears Ears. My unique position at the crossroads between these worlds has beckoned my involvement in the discussion on Bears Ears. Unfortunately, in this hostile political environment, spurred by a seemingly endless fall into vitriol, my advocacy has brought an incredible amount of personalized attacks. I’ve been harassed on all my social media accounts, my personal cell number, my place of work and even had false reviews placed online about my skills as a physician. I am a private citizen trying to participate in this democracy and will not yield to thuggishness. This kind of behavior is below us as Americans. I encourage all to interact with civility and respect. I am not perfect, but I shall apply myself to avoiding the ad hominem.
I will not back down from my belief that Bears Ears National Monument should remain at a minimum of 1.35 million acres. No amount of intimidation will change that so, instead of dragging us through the mud, join me in raising the level of public discourse. Let’s tone down the trolls and find common ground on which we can build a better future.
—Dr. Garon Coriz, M.D.