Well said, Ms. Holliday. It is refreshing to hear from someone who lives in San
Juan County and have associated with the good people who live here and love and
respect this land. Sometimes we, as human beings, get swept up in the emotions
and forget the facts. I appreciate your article for sticking to the facts.
Impartial7- you must have missed the part where Judge Shelby had to recuse
himself from Commissioner Phil Lyman's sentencing because of entangling
alliances, not to mention any evidence that would exonerate Lyman being allowed
in court. Even if we include Lyman with the other 25, that brings it to a total
of 26 people out of 15,000 SJ county residents. That is a far cry from the 1000
reported cases of vandalism in the Grand Staircase Monument in ONE YEAR.
Monuments tend to invite crowds of people to come and "love" the area to
@cmsense;Impartial7"You must of missed the Boy scout leaders
toppling over the hoodoo at Goblin Valley or the graffiti artist that defaced 10
National Parks or the many people who have walked away from petrified forests
national and parks with petrified wood. "This letter was
concerning the great land stewards of San Juan County. Not about National Parks.
My comment was in direct response to the facts as they pertained to the letter.
Nice deflection-please try to stay on topic
As always only a couple of people will make money and the rest get nothing. No new jobs will fall from the sky or will tourism increase. It will go back to being a place well off the path of normal traffic. I wish them the best of luck.
Impartial7You must of missed the Boy scout leaders toppling over the
hoodoo at Goblin Valley or the graffiti artist that defaced 10 National Parks or
the many people who have walked away from petrified forests national and parks
with petrified wood. How about all those tourist who don't stay on the
trails at yellowstone and walk on the prebiotic soil and transfer Lake trout
into Yellowstone lake decimating the natural cutthroat?You must of
missed the hoards of people and lines so you can't even park at Zion on
holiday weekends.You must of missed that there are already stiff
protections in place and the lands have been and still are federal lands with
federal protections and there have been and still are laws about looting.Do you really think a national monument designation magically prevents
such things? From what I've seen it does bring and will bring hoards of
people which is never good for a "pristine" environment. It will bring
bigger campgrounds, more tourists, and more bad actors to the area.
I appreciate the void of hyperbole opinion piece. It correctly states that
even with all the changes..... not much actually changed on the ground. The
land largely is managed the same way before, during, and now after the
designation. I am totally disappointed in politicians that bent
the truth all to pander to certain extreme groups claiming this was a land grab.
It's probably one of the grossest distortions of the facts - presenting
this is a federal land grab. And the damage making such statements
just discredits conservatives - who genuinely do appreciate our natural lands as
much as most tree huggers. Conservatives hike, kayak, boat and camp with their
families, and also want to preserve what we have. There is much both these
sides have in common. Even guys who work oil rigs don't want to destroy
the lands they work on.... they have families and enjoy the outdoors too. But
we get stuck in these false arguments by politicians.... which is such a shame.
"San Juan County did not need a gigantic national monument to protect this
land. Residents have every intention of being good stewards and practicing
conservation strategies."You must have missed the part where San
Juan County Commissioner, Phil Lyman was arrested for staging an illegal ATV
ride, after being warned no to do so. You must have missed where previous
Blanding resident Earl Shumway proudly claimed to have looted over 10,000
archaeological sites in the 80's and 90's. How about the 24 people
arrested for looting Utah lands for Anasazi artifacts? San Juan County has a
long and proven track record of NOT being good stewards and practicing