This article was written without facts. First in recent polls the overall
support of Utah citizens for the Monument was 67-71%. Sorry GOP land grabbers,
that is the majority of the population. Also the majority of the Tribes
involved were in favor of this designation. When the GOP ran to
Bundy's defense this issue came to the national forefront. The GOP ranted
and raved about State control of these Federal lands. Does anyone remember
what caused them to run for their political lives? It was Bundy' s racial
rants that were so insulting to most Americans no matter what party. Never saw
so many GOP rear ends as they raced away from Bundy and his insulting
comments.This State has been blessed with beautiful lands, and
cursed with greedy land grabbers in the GOP. If the Outdoor retailers leaves,
that signals to the world that "Utah isn't the place". Not what we
need or want, so tell your GOP representative you are no siding with their
With all respect to our elected official:My old daddy would call the
information in this article, “Hogwash”. I will simply call it lies.
It is true that Utahns love and support our public lands, I am one
of those. The unfortunate truth is that the businessmen, especially those in
state and local governments are not a part of that group of Utahns. In every
case, they want to use public land as if it was their own private land.
Example, rancher Bundy.There are no rights or freedoms belonging to
Utahns that are not the same as those of every other state. The only rights and
freedoms are those that are guaranteed, secured, and enforced by our national
government. There are no facilities, parks, justice, protections,
or government services of any kind afforded to the general population of America
where the quality/price is better in state and local governments than that of
the national government. We are all Americans first and public
lands belong to the general population of America.
I have a feeling Mr. Okurlund's editorial is the prelude to the Legislature
spending millions of our taxpayer dollars on lawsuits designed to either shrink
or do away with these national monuments completely. This large
expenditure will then be quickly followed up by losing the Outdoor Retailer Show
and the millions of revenue that come with it. Will all of this
money and effort make lives better for our rural brethren? Not in the
I couldn't agree more. Utah knows what's best for its citizens and
land in its borders, and what's best is making a quick buck. Who really
needs clean air or clean water anyways?
Sorry repubs! Elections have consequences! President Obama was elected in 2012
and most certainly had power and authority to designate Bears Ears a national
monument! Sorry! Stop complaining! Get back to work and stop whining because you
didn't get your way. Get Educated
Blame our elected officials, not Obama. They had 4 years to pass a bill and
choose to try and run out the clock instead. The size of the Monument is the
same as proposed in Bishop's PLI. So, what you and others are really mad
about is we had a President who did what he said he would if our elected
officials could not pass a bill. These are America's public lands,
and Obama had the right by the powers given to him by Congress.
"When former-President Obama declared the Bears Ears National Monument, he
ignored the voices of the people of San Juan County and every elected official
chosen to represent the Bears Ears area."Waaa. The GOP, and
especially the Utah GOP, ignored and fought against anything President Obama
proposed. Obama gave Bishop & Co. ample time to come up with an alternative
and they came back with sweetheart deals for their extraction " donors".
Blame this on yourselves. BTW- Obama followed the wishes of the people that
actually OWN the land-the American public. San Juan officials did nothing
for 8 years but come up with sedetionist plans and actions, led by Mike Noel and
Phil Lyman. Again, you have no one to blame this on but yourselves.
Nice bit of selling on behalf of oil and minerals lobby. We can see right
through it. President Obama did exactly what he was authorized to do under the
law, and no different than other Presidents in both parties did before him. I
know yhoui would like to be more like Russia: “a rolling miasma of
unregulated neglect and decay: sulphur and solvents, fermenting rubbish, burning
plastic, poo and wee.” [See “The Cyclist Who Went Out in the
Mr. Okerlund, This may come as a surprise, but many of us do not trust the State
to run the public land. River access to navigable streams is but one issue, the
other is we think you will sell off access to our hunting , fishing and
recreation areas. I look at the future of the lands in Utah and see nothing but
for sale signs along with no hunting, trespassing this means you signs.
Well have at it Ralph. Turn that area into a strip mine for the next twenty five
years and destroy the land for the next million years. Show us where millions of
people will greatly benefit from it. Jobs come and jobs go but remember only a
very few people get rich from those jobs. You will not be one of those people.
Bears Ears is at the back of the map for places to go and is not that big of a
tourist attraction. So destroy it and take away the beauty and be remembered as
one of those people who destroyed it.