Regarding the June 6 front-page article “In Utah, talk of a monument designation fuels warnings of armed insurrection”:
Last year, I was fortunate enough to drive Utah Highway 95, which traverses the proposed Bears Ears national monument. The monument designation may be controversial, but the need for protection is not. The Bureau of Land Management should do everything in its authority to safeguard this valuable area. The bureau’s employment of “two law enforcement officers to patrol 1.8 million acres” is a dereliction of duty and responsibility.
Congress should allocate sufficient funding to administer responsible protection for this historic and beautiful area.
Lee Wouters, Orange, Va.
Federal land is public land. The more than 1.8 million acres in the potential Bears Ears national monument in southeastern Utah belong to each and every American and to all future generations.
Utah politicians, afraid President Obama will designate Bears Ears as a national monument, scream government overreach. Because Bears Ears is already owned and managed by the federal government, their argument lacks merit. Talk of an armed confrontation is unacceptable.
Bears Ears, loaded with archeological sites, including petroglyphs and pictographs, as well as stunning vistas, ecological diversity, deep canyons and fertile mesa tops, is not a state or county park; it is a national treasure, deserving of protection for the ages, like the artwork in the National Gallery of Art. Designating it as a national monument would be fitting and proper and, it seems, is strongly supported by Native Americans.
Michael A. Jablonski, River Heights, Utah