U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes secretive monument actions

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  • And Yellowstone
    Feb. 26, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    was a regrettable idea? Lame argument. Congress gets on board because of broad support for Parks. GSENM will also become a Park as well. I'm all for public input. Citizens overwhelmingly support Monument and Park designations, except in the podunk villages nearest them. So you have input in, say, Saint George, and Salt Lake and Phoenix and LA and Washington DC. And guess what, its a democracy, so the 1800 boohooers in Saint George are overidden. Thats how it actually is. Polls constantly show this. Zogby: 71% of Americans say MORE than 10% of US land should be Wilderness". Good luck Utah. It's not your land anyway, and you're WAY outnumbered.

  • Much ado
    Feb. 26, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    "Secretive"? Because somebody leaked a report -- not a "plan" or a "land grab" or anything else -- now the Obama administration is "secretive"? Give me a break -- and keep your editorializing on the editorial page, Lee.

    Much too much ado about nothing, folks. Your conspiracy theories are laughable.

  • Up Close
    Feb. 25, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Congressional approval of monuments is required in Wyoming and Alaska. In both cases the President's gross abuse of the Antiquities Act prompted Congressional action. In Wyoming, FDR declared a monument that tripled the size of the Jackson Hole (Grand Teton) National Monument. Congress passed an act undoing FDR's action; he vetoed it. Congress couldn't muster a super majority to override the veto. Five years later they turned the whole mess into the Grand Teton National Park, and required Congressional approval, not of all future monuments, but only those in Wyoming. Jimmy Carter created 57 million acres of monuments in Alaska, including one monument that was over 10 million acres. A couple of years later Congress designated 57 million acres of Alaskan Wilderness and required Congressional approval of any Alaskan monument over 5,000 acres.
    Congress is hesitant to modify the Antiquities Act because it likes the President to have the power to settle land issues when our Senators and Representatives lack the guts to. Congress grumbles about the President's actions, but later endorses them by giving the area(s) some Congressional designation.
    Anyway, that's been the pattern.

  • Maybe Jordan School District
    Feb. 25, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    should be blaming Bill Clinton instead of their recent excuse of "district split" for their budget mismanagement.

  • Some Old Guy
    Feb. 25, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    The plans would have been firmed up and quickly foisted upon us if they hadn't been leaked.