I found the Deseret News editorial on proposed national monuments in Utah disappointing ("Limit this power," June 17). It should be obvious that we cannot rip up Utah's desert just because it has an outdated energy source in it and someone can make some money desecrating the land. Protecting the area requires something more serious than just national monuments. Congress should consolidate Arches, Bryce Canyon, Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument, the San Raphael Swell, Greater Canyonlands and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area into one centralized authority and fulfill and expand what the Roosevelt administration envisioned in the 1930s — the Greater Escalante National Park and Desert Preserve.

Rick Soulier