Senators' letter calls for creation of Greater Canyonlands National Monument

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  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    So when is Utah going to pony up for that uranium clean-up, or the other Supersite clean-ups or isn't that part of Utah's track record too?

    Your land belongs to you. The Federal lands belong to US. You manage your's and our representatives at the federal level will manage ours, because the land belongs to all of us.

    Proximity is not ownership. Whats wrong with peoples ability
    I live near a city park that i think could be maintained better, does that make it mine? Can I alter it for my profit or gain? I mean it's public land too.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    When was the last time Bernie Sanders set foot in Utah? I say let's take half of his state and turn it into a national monument to see how he likes it. Same with Durbin, Boxer and the rest.

    If the land is being "assaulted" as Debakis says, Then the normal process of creating a national monument ought to be followed. That includes going through congress, having hearings and generally airing out the proposed national monument.

    Arbitrarily creating this monument through abuse of the Antiquities Act is not the way to do it.

    Personally, I don't see a problem with mineral development in the area. Besides, there is a lot of school trust land that would be locked up in that national monument. That will have an impact on our schools. Also ranchers will be affected.

    Make the monument much smaller and I'm in. It doesn't have to take up half the state.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    The people who yowl about "those Easterners" who "dictate" to us here in Utah would be a world of hurt if those Easterners ever discover that their tax dollars are subsidizing Utah's budget.

    About 32% of the money spent by the Utah government comes from EASTERN TAXPAYERS.

    We'd be scrambling if they decide to "take back" their generous donations to Utah.

  • BJ61 South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    Utah's senators and representatives have been unwilling to have a meaningful discussion about protection of the Greater Canyonlands ecosystem. Now they find themselves in a difficult position if President Obama does create a monument. Perhaps, Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, and Mike Noel (Republican-Kanab) are going to reap what they sow through their total rejection of the protection of any of Utah's world-class landscapes.

    Aug. 3, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    I love living in the West with all the public lands, but it is time to create more public lands in the east, where more people can enjoy them. Might I suggest we begin with using eminent domain in the Hamptons?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    ""I'm appalled to see a collection of senators — none of which are from Utah — urging President Obama to create a new national monument in southern Utah's Greater Canyonlands without input from local communities," Stewart said in a statement. "Local and state leaders must be involved in these decisions."

    We the people don't want more dirty fuel extraction. We the people don't want "locals" to have to foot the bill to maintain these lands by ourselves. We the people know how easily people like you are bought off.

    Mr Obama, to borrow a phrase from Nike, "just do it."

    Stewart and Chaffetz will never like you, even if you cater to them.

    So just do the right thing. Our children and grandchildren will thank you for saving us from corrupt dirty fuel extractors and shallow short sighted representatives from Utah.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Great idea.

  • dale richards Green River, Utah
    Aug. 3, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Senator Dabakis needs to sponsor a bill back east say Kentucky for the same amount
    Of land for a monument there. I bet the Kentuckians would appreciate it.

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    Aug. 3, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    When a buffer is put around the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area; then and only then, should a buffer zone be put around Canyonlands. How many of the Doctors who signed the letter wanting a National Monument around Canyon Lands will remove their signatures because their houses will be in any buffer around Mount Olympus.
    I am tired of people from the Wasatch Front telling the rest of Utah what to do. Just as most of Utah is tired of the Federal Government through the BLM and Forest Service telling Utah as a whole what to do.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 4:33 a.m.

    The reason that Utah is not on board is befuddling and makes me wonder who our Utah representatives care about. Our Utah representatives don't care about our rights, our notational soverignty our borders, our nation as a united states of america, and the culture or America and it superior ability to work and function. We are independent and self sufficient unlike all the illegal mexicans and foreign natioanls that Governor Herbert is terrorizing the americans are a threat to our rights and our jobs.

    Mexican and foreign nationals did not create this country nor can they make this country great, they are an albatross to freedom and liberties and the independence that makes this country work.

    Its time to end the corroboration and marriage of government and business interest and get back to the citizens interest and wealth in success and core values.