I lived in Escalante from 1996, the year Clinton declared the monument, to 1999.
Real Estate prices went up that's about it for change then, but when I
visited last year the economic boom was noticeable. lots of new tourists
industry businesses. Without the monument, there is no chance for any new jobs.
Those that have the grazing allotments pass them down to their kids rural
Southern Utah East of I-15 has been stagnant for years. Stewart should see these
monuments as great marketing for tourism. It was neat to see fresh faces in
Escalante with new shops and ideas this last summer. I'll bet Stewart fears
these new business owners as voters he can't count on next election. Same
with the local County Commissioners.
Please inform all of us how he stated hundreds of jobs lost by making the
national monument. Where did he get this number. Facts please.
Stewart and Curtis' legislation regarding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase
Escalante National Monuments is simply a scam to derail the tribe's
The problem with Stewart's piece is that it is simply untrue from top to
bottom.The ranchers rights were never curtailed.The
nature of that landscape precludes major economic development. It is extremely
arid. Agriculture is virtually impossible. No one, not even the most rabid
extractionist, thinks that mining the coal and gas in the area is economically
feasible in our age. The ruggedness of the land and its distance from any
substantive transportation facilities make it totally inhospitable to
manufacturing. So what's left? Tourism.I believe this entire
show was cooked up to embarrass Obama. Trump's sole motivation as president
is to dismantle and destroy any trace of Obama's legacy. He is that bitter.
Rep. Stewart's argument might actually make sense if he could truthfully
say that the economies of Kane and Garfield Counties have declined in the past
20 years, or if he could point to a reduction of grazing as a result of the
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Of course, the facts contradict
his argument. Last time I visited the monument, there were more cows than
The only person that Chris Stewart listens to is Donald Trump. I had a great
deal of respect for Mr. Stewart, his military service, his apparent strong
family and moral values and principles. I have been sorely disappointed as I
have watched him be unwilling to display that military training and those strong
values and principles, but rather follow lock step with the party. Party over
country for Mr. Stewart.
@Dart Thrower: It's not a matter of us providing the residents of San Juan
county a living. It's a matter of not taking away/infringing on their
living. If the gov decided to put a sewage treatment plant next to your house
you'd probably have something to say about that and would be justified in
doing so. They and their families were there first. Since when did liberals
stop caring about the voiceless minority? And since you're so adamant that
the land is collectively owned by all of us, you should probably educate
yourself on how that land came to be owned by the federal government in the
first place@Lew Elton Jeppson: National monuments are CRITICALLY
important to you? Really? I'm sorry that your occasional weekend getaway
may be affected by the livelihoods of rural residents.
The neglected? Like the poor who need a helping hand while Stewart supports and
votes for cuts to programs intended to help them? Like slashing health
insurance programs for Utah families who need affordable alternatives? Like
voting for a tax plan that gives the super rich enormous tax cuts and increases
the deficit, while inching towards cuts in Social Security and Medicaire?
I'm sorry, but Stewart reeks of hypocrisy. The people around the monument
are few, yet Stewart wants the federal government to be their bailout daddy,
when in fact this is more about providing benefits to corporate interests. The
land will never be farmed. Ranching is relatively minor. But Stewart has
crocodile tears for the poor people, at least a few of them, while he spurns the
Native Americans of that area. Stewart's credibility is non-existent.
Good for Stewart!
So much for Rep. Stewart heeding the Governors comments to tone down the
rhetoric and misinformation. Most of what Stewart said here are right wing
talking points and opinions, not facts. Just listen to what the Escalante
Chamber of Commerce tried to tell Secretary Zinke. We'll see you in
Puke, Barf, gag!Chris Stewart is the ultimate Trump Sycophant.remember in 2018 Chris Stewart = Donald Trump
Do you understand, Chris, how important national parks and monuments are in the
lives of urban dwellers in the Wasatch Front anthill? I can tell you they are
critically important. You have listened only to some rural commissioners and
some energy firms with fat wallets. You don't listen to us.
"My rural constituents are in desperate need of a change."Well Chris, you don't give a hang what your urban constituents think.
I don't understand why we collectively owe the people in San Juan County a
living. Is that the purpose of government, to provide a living for conservative
voters? I thought Republicans hated the government picking winners and losers.
I grew up in rural Utah and I now I live along the Wasatch Front.
Because that's where the jobs are. If the good folks of Blanding
can't pay their bills without extracting something from land that is owned
by all of us, then they should move. The constitution doesn't guarantee
you can live where you want and make a living. We should all live by free
market principles.Since about forever politicians have made a living
of taking something that we collectively own as citizens and giving it to donors
in exchange for campaign contributions, but the current crop of Republicans seem
to have perfected the art. They worship the almighty dollar above any principle
of fairness, equality or justice. Patagonia was right. They're evil.