Bears Ears was a mis­take

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “DOJ doesn’t want to hear our An­tiq­ui­ties Act ar­gu­ment,” Dec. 6 guest com­men­tary

Frankly the com­men­tary by Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Raúl M. Gri­jalva about Bears Ears has a grossly liberal spin to it and it is disin­gen­u­ous.

The real story here is Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s over­reach. Trump very ap­pro­pri­ately aligned with the wishes of the peo­ple of Utah, who didn’t ap­prove of Obama’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion to al­lo­cate 1.35 mil­lion acres.

To put this into per­spec­tive, that is larger than all five of the other Utah parks com­bined. This made Bears Ears the 11th largest na­tional park in the U.S. with seven of the top 10 be­ing in Alaska. So, when you look at the park size to state size, then it’s the largest as a per­cent.

So, I ask you gen­tle­men ... how much is too much? Can (or should) Obama be al­lowed to al­lo­cate all of Utah? All of the U.S.? Shouldn’t the ac­tual state and it’s gov­ern­ment and es­pe­cially it’s peo­ple have a say in the mat­ter? Ex­actly!

Bot­tom line, is that Trump wouldn’t have had to do this if Obama would have acted re­spon­si­bly. Sam Rutigliano, Thorn­ton

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