Deseret News
Letter to the editor

On behalf of our fellow Utahns, we want to openly thank Secretary Zinke for strengthening Utah’s economy and dedicating himself to serving our country.

Over a year ago, President Trump announced a size reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National monuments. Ryan Zinke had been tasked with reviewing and shrinking dozens of national monuments. He then came to Utah and went out on horseback to observe the public lands. He listened to the people and sought to understand their feelings.

Secretary Zinke said on one occasion, “You can’t love public lands more than I do. You can love them as much, but not more.” The decision to reduce the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments came at a tremendous political cost. However, it also unlocked a door to economic growth in rural Utah, which is abundant in natural resources. His decision will lead to a brighter future for Utah.

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While we recognize the excellent work Secretary Zinke has done for the people of Utah, we also acknowledge his service to our country. Ryan Zinke served as a U.S. Navy SEAL for over 20 years; furthermore, he was elected as congressman and served on critical committees during his congressional tenure. After his appointment by President Trump to serve as secretary for the Department of Interior, he immediately went to work to reduce government overreach and allow states more opportunity to control public lands. Ultimately, his service has led to less government regulation on land and local empowerment.

Ryan Zinke’s actions prove that of a true patriot: someone who loves his country and seeks to strengthen and serve its people.

Stan Summers

Brigham City