My view: Misuse of national executive authority over Utah's lands

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  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 3:44 p.m.

    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 antics.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 2:45 p.m.

    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.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 1:15 p.m.

    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 slightest.

  • MoliterManus SLC, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 11:31 a.m.

    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?

  • The Educator South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 8:55 a.m.

    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

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 8:34 a.m.

    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.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    "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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 7:58 a.m.

    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 Cold”]

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Feb. 1, 2017 6:18 a.m.

    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.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 1, 2017 12:37 a.m.

    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.