My view: A Christian call to protect Bears Ears National Monument

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 8, 2017 9:44 p.m.

    "You seem content to give everyone the right to stewardship with out assigning the responsibility for the effects it has on those whom it effects."

    Wow... I said that? Where? Your alternative solution is what? Did I miss that somewhere?

  • homers Provo, UT
    March 8, 2017 7:15 p.m.

    The idea that multiple use management and conservation cannot co-exist is a falsehood. Some in this discussion deliberately misrepresent what would happen to Cedar Mesa had the Bears Ears not been designated. It is in its current remote and fairly pristine location because of its remoteness. If the monument had not been designated and the management scheme remained the same as it has been for the past half century, the area would look much the same, in 100 years, as it does now. What had been spoiled and destroyed, in the fight over Bears Ears, is the truth. The lie is promulgated that the Bears Ears is in dire straits and needs immediate protection or all will be lost. These pleas are then accompanied by a solicitation for money. These advocates are paid and paid well. Make no mistake.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 8, 2017 12:24 p.m.

    So certain people are mad because the means to an end, that they agree with, hurts their pride?
    I thought the author was spot on with their analysis. Let us not forget it was our congressman that failed to get a bill to the President's desk. Obama gave them over 4 years so it's obvious there really never was an attempt to resolve any disputes but instead run out the clock.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    March 8, 2017 12:07 p.m.

    Keep the monument, lose the representatives who don't represent their constituents, but out of state interests that pay them huge campaign contributions. (common term is bribe)

    The GOP is intent on destroying America, much like they lied for over eight years now that they had a replacement for the ACA. Now we know that was a bald faced lie that they never thought they'd get called on.

    The GOP locally lied about the Bears Ears at every turn, and when caught, they claim that those asking the questions, aren't suppose to question them, and without any evidence "aren't from round here"?

  • Utah born in NC Arden, NC
    March 8, 2017 9:33 a.m.

    Okay Utah Blue Devil. My point is do we heed the advice of a narrow mono-maniacal group of conservationists or the 30,000 feet view of the Federal Government? Neither one of these are remotely close to achieving the goals you espouse. Perhaps stewardship should reside with the people who own, use and are personally affected. Might even a discussion of the definition of stewardship shed light on the subject. Asking the question of who has the stewardship responsibility may be enlightening. You seem content to give everyone the right to stewardship with out assigning the responsibility for the effects it has on those whom it effects.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 8, 2017 9:19 a.m.

    Thanks. Protect Bears Ears now.

  • jackjoh RIVERTON, UT
    March 8, 2017 9:17 a.m.

    Earth is our home and we were put here to use it. It is our responsibility to use it wisely so that it lasts as long as we need it. If people abuse it they need to be policed. All that needed to be done was to leave it like it was but enforce the laws that were set up to protect it. The monument is a wasted effort that will lead to further restrictions and limitations of use by this generation and the same agency that did not protect it before will be tasked to protect it now.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 8, 2017 9:14 a.m.

    Mitch,
    For me it's not so much that I want to destroy the Bears Ears area (I don't know anybody who does, as you guys pretend). For me it's more about abuse of the Antiquities Act. So yes... it's political.

    The area was not destroyed when it was not a National Monument. How many years was it not a National Monument? So why would it be destroyed instantly if it reverted to the way it was before? That's mostly just breathless rhetoric/malarkey.

    I don't think it matters if it was protected the way it was before, or the way it is today. But I do object to abuse of the Antiquities Act for votes.

    We have some unique history with this here in Utah.

    Some of this is anger about how Bill Clinton did his abuse of the Antiquities Act in Utah (which was obviously intended to be an in-your-face to Utah and Utah's political leaders).

    The way Obama did it was much better, less in-your-face. He did it in the open. Let us know it was coming, and see what our people and elected representatives thought of the plan. Comment events were held. Environmental and economic impact studies were done. I like that. It brings back bad memories of Clinton's abuse of AA (which is political)

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 8, 2017 8:17 a.m.

    "Who is going to define the term "judicious use"? You, me, Mormons, Fed, Gov. State Govt?"

    Yes.... all of them. The same people who define morals and standards that define a civilized society... the same as it always has been. Has it been perfect. Hardly. But it has been the process none-the-less. The important part of this is that this world we have been entrusted is a stewardship - not something to be exploited for personal gain - but as a legacy for all people and future generations.

    We hear so much chatter that the justification to lower government spending is to preserve our kids legacy. Why isn't the same rational used for the physical earth we live on ... that we leave them a sustainable planet where they can raise their kids.... seems preservation only applies to money - not our resources.

    I know that sounds dang right liberal, and maybe it is, but in my job in a highly conservative industry, preserving our assets so that they can produce longer is a keystone to our sustainability as an industry. We can't operate short sighted for profits today at the cost of the company's future survivability.

  • Utah born in NC Arden, NC
    March 8, 2017 7:14 a.m.

    In response to the paragraph in the article: "Together as an evangelical and a Mormon, we believe that our stewardship of the Creation requires judicious use of earth’s resources for human benefit and enjoyment of natural beauty." I only have one question. Who is going to define the term "judicious use"? You, me, Mormons, Fed, Gov. State Govt?

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    March 8, 2017 6:47 a.m.

    BENM is a gem, lets keep it.