Chris Stewart: Listening to the neglected in Utah

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  • Mac26 Cedar City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 12:34 p.m.

    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.

  • Mr Bones St George, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 11:09 a.m.

    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.

  • SLCBob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 9:22 a.m.

    Stewart and Curtis' legislation regarding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments is simply a scam to derail the tribe's lawsuits.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2017 3:48 p.m.

    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.

  • rmwarnick Draper, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 4:14 p.m.

    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 people there.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:25 a.m.

    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.

  • JDay Orem, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:18 a.m.

    @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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 8:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 10:20 p.m.

    Good for Stewart!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 1:35 p.m.

    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 court.

  • airnaut Everett, WA
    Dec. 5, 2017 12:35 p.m.

    Puke, Barf, gag!

    Chris Stewart is the ultimate Trump Sycophant.

    remember in 2018
    Chris Stewart = Donald Trump

  • Lew Elton Jeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 12:24 p.m.

    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.

  • Lew Elton Jeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 12:19 p.m.

    "My rural constituents are in desperate need of a change."

    Well Chris, you don't give a hang what your urban constituents think.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 12:14 p.m.

    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.